Álvaro Luís Lima is an Assistant Professor of Art History and affiliate faculty in the Center for African Studies and the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. He received his Ph.D. in Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University with advanced certificates in Psychoanalytic Studies and Comparative Literature & Society.
Lima specializes in modern and contemporary art from Africa, working at the intersection of art history, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, animal studies, and queer theory. His first book project, Farewell to the Future: Art in Mozambique at the End of Socialism, focuses on art during Mozambique’s transition from Marxist-Leninism to a multi-party democracy. The book analyzes this unique history as a case study of the aesthetic impact of the end of the Cold War in the Global South. This project builds on Lima’s doctoral work, for which he spent over a year conducting interviews and archival research in Mozambique.
Research is also underway on a second book project, tentatively titled Decolonial Beasts: Art and Becoming after Apartheid. Other forthcoming projects include a chapter for Atlantica: Contemporary Art from Cabo-Verde, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe (2021), and guest-editing a special issue of Critical Interventions on socialism in contemporary African art (Fall 2021). A member of the editorial consortium of African Arts, Lima has recently edited a special issue on African socialisms for the journal (Fall 2021).
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