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  • Iliana Cepero-Amador

    Profile:

    Iliana Cepero is a Cuban art historian, curator, and art critic. Her dissertation on visual propaganda in Argentina under Peronism (1946-1955) was recently awarded with the Fifth Annual Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Photography Research from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Cepero was Professor of History of Photography at the University of Havana for two years, and taught academic semesters to NYU Tisch students during her tenure at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba Her professional career includes curatorial work at the Fototeca de Cuba and at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. She was also assistant curator of the Montreal Biennal in 2007, and co-curated the exhibition "Cuba: Art and History. From 1868 to today" held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2008. She has written and lectured extensively on Cuban art and photography. She has taught courses on Latin American art and photography at the New School, Hunter College, and NYU.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD in Art History, Stanford University, 2013

    Professional Affiliations:

    ArtTable

    American Alliance of Museums

    Recent Publications:

    "Raúl Corrales: Photographer of the Revolution," in Cuba: People, Culture, History. Edited by Alan West-Durán: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, An Imprint of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2011.

    "Constantino Arias: Havana's Pre-Revolutionary Photographer," in Cuba: People, Culture, History. Edited by Alan West-Durán: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, An Imprint of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2011.

    "Joaquín Blez, Photographer to High Society," in Cuba!  Art and History from 1868 to Today, Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; New York: Prestel Publications (distributor), 2009.

    "Constantino Arias, The Indefatigable Freelancer," in Cuba!  Art and History from 1868 to Today, Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; New York: Prestel Publications (distributor), 2009.

    "Myths and Realities: Cuban Photography of the 1960s and 1970s in Cuba!  Art and History from 1868 to Today, Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; New York: Prestel Publications (distributor), 2009.

     "Joaquín Blez, el fotógrafo dandy" (Joaquín Blez, the dandy photographer), Revolution and Culture Magazine, January, 2006.

    "Un suizo en la Habana" (A Swiss in Havana), Fotografía Cubana, No. 0, 2005.  

    "Fotografía cubana actual: una mirada interior" (Cuban Contemporary Photography: an inner look), Revolution and Culture Magazine, 2/2004.

    Research Interests:

    Latin American avant-gardisms within the frame of cultural nationalisms.

    Latin American photography, with an emphasis on the dynamics between photo practices and politics in the intellectual shaping of Latin American nations.

    Cuban arts and culture in the post-revolutionary era.

    History of Western photography.

    Awards And Honors:

    2012 - Recipient of the Fifth Annual Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Photography Research, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

    2003 - Christof and Merian Stiftung, Basel, Switzerland.  Curatorial residency at IAAB (International Exchange and Studio Program).

    2003 - Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation, Aachen, Germany.  Curatorial travel grant (visited Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, and Norway).

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