Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies



Content Description

1 online resource (vi, 195 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Edna Acosta-Belén

Committee Members

Colbert I Nepaulsingh, Glyne Griffith


Hispanic American women artists, Art, Art and society

Subject Categories

History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Latin American Studies | Theory and Criticism


The purpose of this dissertation is to analyze the aesthetic visual discourse of hybridity manifested in the works of contemporary socially-engaged Latina artists of the New York diaspora. For Latin America and the Caribbean, regions where sociopolitical history has generally exhibited a tumultuous trajectory, the arts have provided a formidable venue for addressing the social concerns engendered by this turbulent history and for studying the creative ways in which artists interpret them. The symbiotic bond created between art and politics would become a cultural force and tradition in the history of struggle that characterizes the countries that are part of these regions. This bond has provided the basis for the visual discourse developed by socially-committed Latin American and Caribbean women artists residing in the United States. Since the 1960s, the struggle for gender, cultural and ethnic recognition in U.S. society became crucial both on the social and political fronts. The visual and performance women artists of the Latina/o diaspora who came of age in the mid-1980s, and other subaltern groups within the arts, have continued to be at the forefront of these struggles and have merged the aforementioned issues with their subaltern diasporic experiences to create a unique discourse of hybridity.