CIHA 2016 in Beijing

34th World Congress of Art History

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GARAY, Alejandro
New geo [graphies] Travelers and their images in nineteenth-century Colombia

Session 21 Connecting Art Histories and World Art

University of Campinas


Hundreds of travelers arrived to Colombia after the country’s independence in 1810, following in the footsteps of others who had done likewise throughout the South American territory. These voyages produced diaries, memoirs, compendiums, letters, and images that all form part of a rich and diverse memory that the foreigners left in their wake. This presentation will focus on the figure of the traveler and his images of Colombia. It will first explore the meanings that the images of the travelers and their interpretation within historiography have had in this country. I will then attempt to problematize certain concepts related to these works such as the notions of historical time and authorship to show the complexity inherent in new readings of one of the nineteenth-century visual sources that is most important for Colombia.



Colombia art, travelers nineteenth century, visual studies, geographies.


GARAY, Alejandro

Ph.D. student in Art History at the University of Campinas, Brazil. He received a M.A. in Art History from the National University of Colombia (Bogotá) in 2009 and a B.A. in History from Pontifical Xavierian University (Bogotá) in 2004. He has published articles in academic journals about his research, especially on Colombian art. His more recent work centers on analyzing hundreds of images made by travelers who visited Colombia during the nineteenth century. He has given talks in Brazil and Colombia.