Sara Garzón is a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Studies at Cornell University. She specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American art focusing specifically on issues relating to decoloniality, temporality, and indigenous ecocriticism. Sara was recently awarded the Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the year 2020–2021. Before attending Cornell, Sara received an MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Lifchez-Stronach Curatorial Intern, at the Brooklyn Museum as Audience Engagement Associate, and before that was Executive Director of the Sacramento Art History Consortium (SAHC) in California.
Sara’s writings have appeared in Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas, Anamesa: An Interdisciplinary Journal, DASartes Magazine, Ocula Magazine, and Hyperallergic. Her essay “Deborah Castillo: The Performativity of Ruination and other Forms of Civil Disobedience” was published in the book Deborah Castillo: Radical Disobedience (Hemipress, 2019), and the article “Manuel Amaru Cholango: Decolonizing Technology and the Construction of Indigenous Futures,” was included in a special issue of Arts on decolonizing contemporary Latin American art (December 2019). That article was also awarded Best Essay in Visual Culture Studies 2020 by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
Sara has been invited as curator in residence at Casa GIAP, a residency geared toward the topic of “Creative Ecologies and Decolonial Futurities,” (Chiapas, 2019); the Emerging Curators’ Workshop at Para Site in Hong Kong (2019), and will be part of the Science and Technology Society at the Delfina Foundation in London (2020). Sara is also a founding member of the Collective Rewilding research initiative, which seeks new methods for curating in a broken world. www.collectiverewilding.com