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Dr. Yaiza María Hernández Velázquez

Lecturer, MRes Art; Pathway Leader, MRes Art: Exhibition Studies; Member of Afterall Research Centre
Central Saint Martins
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Teacher Researcher
Yaiza María Hernández Velázquez


I hold a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Northumbria University, an MA in Visual Culture from Middlesex University and a PhD in Philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University. Before joining Central Saint Martins in 2013, I worked for over a decade in contemporary art institutions. Among other things, I was Head of Public Programmes at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona– MACBA, director of CENDEAC (Murcia) and curator at CAAM (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).


Research interests

Critical Theory, Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, Radical Museology, Exhibition Studies, New Institutionalism, Socially Engaged Practices, Art and Activism, Archives, Tourism and Cultural Policy.

Research statement

My research centres on art institutions in a broad sense as sites of philosophical and political import and on the way in which “theory” (in its post-68 inflection) has both informed and curtailed those political efforts. I am particularly interested in artistic and para-artistic institutional models that understand themselves (even if no one else does) as prefiguring, supporting or representing radical social change, as tied that is to a search for autonomy. For these I have found productive resources in institutional models for which art is not an organising discourse, from self-organised activist spaces to community museums tied to Latin American “museologies of liberation”.
I welcome research applicants seeking to work on any of the above topics.

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