Ana Balona de Oliveira – Comparatistas – english version

Ana Balona de Oliveira

Post-doctoral Researcher


Biographical note

ana_balona_foto_finalíssimaAna Balona de Oliveira is a FCT Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Studies of the University of Lisbon (CEC-FLUL) and at the Institute for Art History of the New University of Lisbon (IHA-FCSH-NOVA). She has lectured in several institutions in the United Kingdom and Portugal, notably at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, where she received her PhD in History of Art (Modern and Contemporary) with the thesis Fort/Da: Unhomely and Hybrid Displacements in the Work of Ângela Ferreira, c. 1980-2008, 2012. Her current research focusses on narratives of empire, anti- and post-colonialism, migration and globalization in contemporary art from ‘Lusophone’ countries and beyond.  After having coordinated the project ‘Visual Culture, Migration, Globalization and Decolonization’ (CITCOM-CEC-FLUL) from 2013 to 2017, she now co-coordinates the research line ‘Transnational Perspectives on Contemporary Art: Identities and Representation’ (CASt-IHA-FCSH-NOVA), and is a member of the Direction Board of AIM – Association of Moving Image Researchers (Portugal). She has published articles in Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (US), Third Text (UK), Mute (UK), /seconds (UK), Fillip (Canada), África(s) (Brazil), Aniki: Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image (Portugal), Revista de História de Arte (Portugal), Revista Comunicação & Sociedade (Portugal), among others. She has contributed essays and interviews to exhibition catalogues (Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art, Walther Collection & Steidl, 2017; Ângela Ferreira: Underground Cinemas & Towering Radios, EGEAC-Galerias Municipais, 2016; Novo Banco Photo 2015, Museu Coleção Berardo, 2015, etc.) and other publications ((Re)Imagining African Independence: Film, Visual Arts and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire, Peter Lang, 2017; Red Africa: Affective Communities and the Cold War, Black Dog Publishing, 2016; Edson Chagas: Found Not Taken, Kehrer Verlag, 2015, etc.). She has curated the solo exhibitions Ângela Ferreira: Underground Cinemas & Towering Radios (Galeria Av. da Índia, Lisbon, 2016) and Ângela Ferreira: Monuments in Reverse (Centro para os Assuntos de Arte e Arquitectura, Guimarães, 2015), and has co-curated the collective exhibition Ruy Duarte de Carvalho: A Delicate Zone of Commitment (Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon, 2015-2016), among others. See full CV here.

Main areas of research

  • Narratives of empire, anti- and post-colonialism in contemporary art from ‘Lusophone’ spaces and beyond
  • Modernities, modernisms and postmodernisms
  • Migration and globalization
  • Feminisms

Selected publications

  • 2017. “Journal of Uncollectable Journeys: Edson Chagas’s Found not Taken Series and Other Works”, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Vol. 2017, Number 40, 44-55. More info.
  • 2016. “Begin Again … Closer … in NYL: Planes and Paradoxes of Here and There, and Other Writing, Walking and Water Spacings by Renée Green”, Third Text, Vol. 30, Issue 1-2, 43-59. More info.
  • 2016. “Imagens e Sons de Revolução entre o Altaneiro e o Subterrâneo / Images and Sounds of Revolution between the Towering and the Underground”. In Ângela Ferreira. Underground Cinemas & Towering Radios, 7 – 50. ISBN: 978-989-8167-42-2. Lisboa: EGEAC – Galerias Municipais.
  • 2016. “Archival Past Futures of Revolution and Decolonization in Contemporary Artistic Practice from and about ‘Lusophone’ Africa”. In Red Africa: Affective Communities and the Cold War, ed. Mark Nash, 131 – 143. ISBN: 978-1910433942. London: Black Dog Publishing. More info.
  • 2016. “Walking in the Global City: Edson Chagas’ Found Not Taken Series and Other Works”. In Flâneur: New Urban Narratives, 104 – 119. ISBN: 978-989-95387-3-3. Lisboa:
  • 2016. “Decolonization in, of and through the Archival ‘Moving Images’ of Artistic Practice’, Revista Comunicação e Sociedade, 29: 131 – 152. More info.
  • 2015. ‘Revolution in Crisis: The Ruptures of Revolution and Ruptured Revolutions through the Ruptures of Artistic Practice’, Revista de História de Arte, 12: 106 – 123. More info.
  • 2015. “Journal of Uncollectable Journeys: Edson Chagas’ Found Not Taken Series and Other Works”. In Edson Chagas: Found Not Taken. ISBN: 978-3-86828-672-4. Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag. More info.
  • 2015. ‘In Slow Motion: A Fotografia de Edson Chagas/ In Slow Motion: The Photography of Edson Chagas’. In NOVO BANCO Photo 2015: Ângela Ferreira, Ayrson Heráclito, Edson Chagas, ed. Nuno Ferreira de Carvalho, 91 – 116. ISBN: 978-989-8239-46-4. Lisboa: Museu Coleção Berardo. More info.

Visual Culture, Migration, Globalization and Decolonization / CITCOM

His/estória em Processo: Reconfigurações da(s) narrativa(s) do(s) império(s) colonial(ais) na arte contemporânea de espaços lusófonos (e outros)

This work is financed by national funds through the FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., within the scope of the project UIDB/00509/2020 and UIDP/00509/2020.