Juan Carlos Guerrero-Hernández, Ph.D. | Art | School of the Arts


Juan Carlos Guerrero-Hernández’s interdisciplinary research and teaching in modern and art and visual culture from the Americas and the Global South, focuses on the crossing between decoloniality, memory, violence, performance, gender, moving image, and photography. His research has been published in venues such as TDR The Drama Review, Photographies, Cinergie-Il Cinema e le altre Arti, and Revista Chilena de Literatura, and edited books. He has been awarded the National Prize in Art Criticism, merit-based National Research Grants in Visual Arts and Dance, and a merit-based travel Grant from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center, among others. He has organized international symposia in contemporary art history and performance philosophy and has been keynote speaker at art and academic events, and advised dissertation, master’s thesis, and undergraduate projects in Art History, Art, and Architecture. Before joining the University of Nevada, Reno, he served as Visiting Professor in Art History at Kalamazoo College and Assistant Professor at Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia).

Research interests

• Decolonization, Cultural Memory and Trauma.
• Video Art, Moving Images, Performance, Dance.
• Street Art, Public Art, Public Space.
• Art and Technology, Photography, Digital Humanities


  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Samuel Fosso’s Masquerade: History, Colonial Trauma, and Healing in Emperor of Africa.” In Walking with the Enemy: Reclaiming the Language of Power and Manipulation in the Post-Truth Era. Edited by G. Gasparavicius, M. Toteva, and T. Williams. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. Forthcoming.
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Arocha’s Black and White Pop: History, Desire, and Politics in 1960s Colombia.” In Pop Cinema. Edited by G. Davis. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. Forthcoming.
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “A Decolonial and Pedagogic Fall on the Tulcan Hill: Between Recasting Public Memory and Place, and Recovering History and Commemoration”. In Fallen Monuments and Contested Memorials. Edited by J. Decker. New York: Routledge, 2023. ISBN 9781032183718.
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Garci?a’s Juegos (1978-1979): Puppets, Immunity, Torture.” In Ventriloquism, Performance, and Contemporary Art. Edited by I. L. Wallace and J. Hirsh. New York: Routledge, 2923. ISBN 9781032290454.
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “De Orfeo a las Ménades: hacia una videopoesía nómada en There is no forgetting de Margarita Becerra Cano [From Orpheus to the Menades: Towards a Nomadic Video Poetry in Margarita Becerra Cano’s ‘There is no forgetting].” Revista Chilena de Literatura 106: 487-513. https://revistaliteratura.uchile.cl/index.php/RCL/article/view/68784
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “De muertes, círculos, y manos: lo audiovisual en Circus (1989) de Margarita Becerra Cano [On Deaths, Circles, and Hands: The Audio-visual in Margarita Becerra Cano’s Circus (1989)]”. Calle 14: Revista de investigación en el campo del arte, 16(30): 392-407. https://doi.org/10.14483/21450706.18308
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “The Threefold topography of performance: Drawing, Action, and Video in María Evelia Marmolejo’s Anónimo 4.” TDR The Drama Review 64.4 (Winter): 129-146. https://doi.org/10.1162/dram_a_00968
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Alberto Baraya’s Decolonial and Posttraumatic Photography: Displaced Difference within Trauma Culture.” Photographies 13.3: 341-364. https://doi.org/10.1080/17540763.2020.1774920
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Runa Islam’s Emergence (2011): Reproducing and projecting Antoin Sevruguin’s negative in a time of uprisings.” Cinergie, il Cinema e le altre Arti 17: 31-42 https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2280-9481/10521 • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Aire: actante y metáfora en el Delta del Níger de George Osodi [Air: Actant and Metaphor in George Osodi’s Delta of Niger River].” Cuadernos de Música y Artes Visuales y Artes Escénicas 15.2, 68-89. https://doi.org/10.11144/javeriana.mavae15-2.aaym
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Una utopía artística: juego y televisión en Personalmente T.Video [An Artistic Utopia: Play and Television in Personalmente T.Video].” Calle 14 Revista de Investigación en el Campo del Arte, 15(28). https://doi.org/10.14483/21450706.16278


  • Winner of the merit-based Grant for Research in Dance-Performance. Ministry of Culture, Colombia. Research project: “Persephone’s mirrors in Koré Dance-Theater (1983-1989): Repetitions, variations, and fractures in a journey-ritual of discovery”. 2021-2022.
  •  Winner of a merit-based travel Grant from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Grant (USD $ 1.200). Faculty seminar: “Holocausto, Genocidio y Violencia Masiva [Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Violence].” Mexico City. 2019.
  •  Winner of a merit-based Grant for teaching innovation using ICT. Conécta-Te, Universidad de Los Andes. 2019. • Merit-based Grant FAPA. Universidad de Los Andes. 2016-2019.
  •  Merit- based Doctoral Dissertation Grant. COLFUTURO Foundation (USD $23.000). 2013-2015. • Winner of the merit-based Grant for Research in Visual Arts (COP $ 20.000.000). Colombia’s National Ministry of Culture. Research project: Fernell Franco and Óscar Muñoz: Graphs of Collective Memory. 2008


• Ph.D., Art History, Stony Brook University, 2015.
• M.A., Philosophy, Universidad Nacional de Colombia – Bogotá, 2010.
• M.A., Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), 1997
• B.A., Electrical Engineer, Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), 1995.

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