|Research Area: Visual Cultures of the Americas; Contemporary Andean Art
Advisor: Dr. Michael Carrasco
Dissertation Title: “Doing It Their Own Way. From Traditional Aesthetics to Artistic Images: The Paintings of Sarhua, Peru”
Gabriela Germana specializes in contemporary Andean art with emphasis on the relationship between traditional indigenous aesthetics and the contemporary global art context. Her research addresses issues such as agency, race, ethnicity, politics of identity, decolonial theory, globalization, theories of circulation, and regimes of value. Her dissertation examines Sarhuino painters, from their origins in the nineteenth-century peasant community of Sarhua to Lima in the 1970s. She investigates the manner in which these artists have consistently responded to and challenged modern Western aesthetics and knowledge. Her research also considers how paintings made in Lima have circulated through different regimes of value, being framed as cultural heritage, tourist art, and art pieces.
Gabriela received her BA in Art History from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. In 2014 she received a Fulbright Foreign Student Program fellowship for pursuing doctoral studies in Art History at Florida State University. As a PhD student, Gabriela has received the Patricia Rose Doctoral Fellowship; the Penelope Mason Dissertation Research Award to conduct dissertation research in Lima, Ayacucho, and Sarhua, Peru; the Helen J. Beard Conference Travel Grant; and the Congress of Graduate Students Presentation Grant for participation in the Latin American Studies Association International Congress (Lima, 2017), the College of Art Association Annual Conference (New York, 2017), and the Southeastern College of Art Conference (Pittsburgh, 2015).