Juan Carlos Guerrero Hernández, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History of Art
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Juan Carlos Guerrero Hernández’s interdisciplinary research in modern and contemporary art and visual culture focuses on the crossing between decoloniality, memory, violence, performance, gender, moving image, and photography in the Americas and the Global South. His research has been published in reputed journals such as TDR The Drama Review, Photographies, Cinergie—Il Cinema e le altre Arti, Revista Chilena de Literatura, and edited books (see Publications). He is currently working in two book projects. His research and teaching have been awarded merit-based grants such as the National Research Grant in Visual Arts, The National Research Grant in Dance, and the merit-based travel Grant from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center. He was also awarded the National Prize in Art Criticism. Guerrero Hernández has organized international symposia in contemporary art history and performance philosophy and has been a keynote speaker at art and academic events. He has directed interdisciplinary doctoral dissertations, master’s thesis, and undergraduate projects in Art History, Art, and Architecture, and is interested in advising graduate and undergraduate research, community-engaged, and curatorial projects at the University of Nevada at Reno. Before joining the University, Guerrero Hernández served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History at Kalamazoo College and Assistant Professor at Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia).

Research interests

  • Decolonization, Cultural Memory and Trauma.
  • Video Art, Moving Images, Performance, Dance.
  • Street Art, Public Art, Public Space.
  • Art and Technology, Photography, Digital Humanities.

Selected publications

  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Samuel Fosso’s Masquerade: History, Colonial Trauma, and Healing in Emperor of Africa.” In Walking with the Enemy: Reclaiming the Language of Power and Manipulation in the Post-Truth Era, edited by G. Gasparavicius, M. Toteva, and T. Williams. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. Forthcoming, 2024.
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Arocha’s Black and White Pop: History, Desire, and Politics in 1960s Colombia.” In Pop Cinema, edited by G. Davis. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. Forthcoming, 2024.
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “A Decolonial and Pedagogic Fall on the Tulcan Hill: Between Recasting Public Memory and Place, and Recovering History and Commemoration”. In Fallen Monuments and Contested Memorials, edited by J. Decker. New York: Routledge, 2023. ISBN 9781032183718. https://unr.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01UNR_INST/146dp7v/alma991014098475306781
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “García’s Juegos (1978-1979): Puppets, Immunity, Torture.” In Ventriloquism, Performance, and Contemporary Art, edited by I. L. Wallace and J. Hirsh. New York: Routledge, 2023. ISBN 9781032290454. https://unr.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01UNR_INST/146dp7v/alma991014098475206781
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “De Orfeo a las Ménades: hacia una videopoesía nómada en There is no forgetting de Margarita Becerra Cano [From Orpheus to the Menades: Towards a Nomadic Video Poetry in Margarita Becerra Cano’s 'There is no forgetting].” Revista Chilena de Literatura 106 (2022): 487-513. https://revistaliteratura.uchile.cl/index.php/RCL/article/view/68784
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “De muertes, círculos, y manos: lo audiovisual en Circus (1989) de Margarita Becerra Cano [On Deaths, Circles, and Hands: The Audio-visual in Margarita Becerra Cano’s Circus (1989)]”. Calle 14: Revista de investigación en el campo del arte, 16, no. 30 (2021): 392–407. https://doi.org/10.14483/21450706.18308
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “The Threefold topography of performance: Drawing, Action, and Video in María Evelia Marmolejo’s Anónimo 4.” TDR The Drama Review 64. no. 4 (Winter 2020): 129–146. https://doi.org/10.1162/dram_a_00968
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Alberto Baraya’s Decolonial and Posttraumatic Photography: Displaced Difference within Trauma Culture.” Photographies 13, no. 3 (2020): 341-364. https://doi.org/10.1080/17540763.2020.1774920
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Runa Islam’s Emergence (2011): Reproducing and projecting Antoin Sevruguin’s negative in a time of uprisings.” Cinergie, il Cinema e le altre Arti 17 (2020): 31-42. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2280-9481/10521
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Aire: actante y metáfora en el Delta del Níger de George Osodi [Air: Actant and Metaphor in George Osodi’s Delta of Niger River].” Cuadernos de Música y Artes Visuales y Artes Escénicas 15, no. 2 (2020): 68-89. https://doi.org/10.11144/javeriana.mavae15-2.aaym
  • Guerrero-Hernández, Juan Carlos. “Una utopía artística: juego y televisión en Personalmente T.Video [An Artistic Utopia: Play and Television in Personalmente T.Video].” Calle 14 Revista de Investigación en el Campo del Arte 15, no. 28 (2020): 367–381. https://doi.org/10.14483/21450706.16278


  • Winner. Merit-based Grant for Research in Dance-Performance. National Ministry of Culture, Colombia. Research project: Persephone's mirrors in Koré Dance-Theater (1983-1989): Repetitions, variations, and fractures in a journey-ritual of discovery. 2021-2022.
  • Winner. Merit-based travel Grant from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Faculty seminar: Holocausto, Genocidio y Violencia Masiva [Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Violence]. Mexico City. 2019.
  • Winner. Grant for teaching innovation using ICT. Conécta-Te, Universidad de Los Andes. 2019.
  • Merit-based Doctoral Dissertation Grant. COLFUTURO Foundation. 2013-2015.
  • Winner. Merit-based Grant for Research in Visual Arts. National Ministry of Culture, Colombia. Research project: Fernell Franco and Óscar Muñoz: Graphs of Collective Memory. 2008.
  • Winner. Art Criticism National Prize. National Ministry of Culture, Colombia, and Universidad de Los Andes. 2007.


• Ph.D., Art History, Stony Brook University, 2015.
• M.A., Philosophy, Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Bogotá, 2010.
• M.A., Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), 1997
• B.A., Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), 1995.