Paloma
Checa-Gismero

I am assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history at Swarthmore College.

As a scholar of contemporary Latin American art and critical biennial studies, I study how processes of coloniality were and remain active in the formation of global contemporary art as we know it today. My teaching revisits the history of Euro-American modernism from a transnational lens that foregrounds art's imbrication in the social fabric. My research focuses on the translations that engaged situated art practices undertake in their access to international circuits of art circulation. I am currently writing a book about the early art biennial boom. 

I received a PhD in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of California, San Diego (2019), and an MFA in Arts, Production, and Research from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2009). Before becoming an art historian I was a practicing artist. My work was featured, among other venues, in Manifesta 8 (2010) and Archivo de Creadores de Madrid (2012).


pchecag1 at swarthmore dot edu