S.L.A.A.G. (Studying Latin American Art Group)
S.L.A.A.G. started as the Study Group on Latin American Art & Theory in March 2010, as the first student-led seminar on the topic to be held at University of the Arts London. It was designed and created by three UAL PhD students based at TrAIN: Maria Isabel Arango, Caroline Menezes & Sara Angel Guerrero-Rippberger, who invited other research students from UAL and Essex University to join the discussion, including Gerard Choy, Ian Dudley, Susannah Gilbert, Andres Montenegro, Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre, and Suzana Vaz. Since the beginning S.L.A.A.G.’s goal has been to create an on-going dialogue about art and theory from Latin America, and and the significance of this field to art theory in general. The group meets regularly to discuss and share bibliographic references and knowledge about the notion of Latin American art, about local identities and histories. Relying on its members to share expertise, insights and questions, the collective dialogue serves to fill in the knowledge gaps in each student’s individual area of study.
I was born in Teresópolis, in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, the son of British missionaries. After twenty years in Brazil I came to England to study engineering but fortunately to myself (and others) changed course and went on to complete an MA in The Study of Contemporary Art at Liverpool University and a PhD in the History and Theory of Art at The London Institute (now UAL).
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