Visual Vocabularies & Queer Citizenships


Thu, Apr 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm


691 Barrows Hall


The Center for Race & Gender Thursday Forum Series presents...

Visual Vocabularies & Queer Citizenships


Recuperating Afro-Indigenous Pasts: Collage Art and the Case of Undocumented Migration

Alan Palaez Lopez, Comparative Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley


Landscapes of Intimacy

Marco Antonio Flores, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley



Andrew Gayed is an art historian and researcher interested in Photography, Middle Eastern Contemporary Art, Identity Politics, and Migration/Diaspora studies. Gayed is a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Culture at York University, and holds an M.A in Art History from Carleton University, and a B.F.A in Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa.  His research investigates Middle Eastern Contemporary Art, with a focus on photographic art being produced by the North American diaspora. This includes Middle Eastern artists working from Canada and the United States, creating artwork surrounding diasporic identity. His research emphasizes themes of migration, and the political artwork that is associated with the diasporic community. Gayed's research is located at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary and transnational inquiry in art history, gender studies, and cultural studies. Gayed has been the recipient of notable awards including the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Award, a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Masters Award, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Chapters of his dissertation have been presented at conferences internationally at Duke University and Oxford University on two occasions, in addition to presentations before Canadian audiences.


Alan Pelaez Lopez is an adornment artist and a writer from the southern coast of Oaxaca, México. At Berkeley, Alan is pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies, where he examines the ways in which undocumented Black immigrants create art spaces as a form of political protest that resist notions of Black citizenship and illegality. Alan’s poetry and non-fiction essays are influenced by growing up undocumented in the hoods of Boston and New York City. His work can be found in Everyday Feminism; TeleSur; The Feminist Wire; Black Girl Dangerous; Fusion Magazine; A Quiet Courage, and more.


Marco Antonio Flores is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.  His current research interests include contemporary queer and trans Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o arts in visual culture, performance art, and experimental film. Through his interdisciplinary training, he hopes to contribute to understandings of the spiritual, the political, and the aesthetic in Chicana/o Art theories and practices.

He is an active member of numerous campus initiatives and is affiliated with the Center for Race and Gender; the Center for Latino Policy Research; the Performance in the Americas Working Group. In 2015 he participated in the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Latino Museum Studies Program and currently a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow.  Flores completed his B.A. from the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and M.A. in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.