Decolonial Visualities

Indigenizing Visual Culture Studies




Decolonial visualities, Visual cultural studies, Indigenous studies, Decolonial thought


This issue aims to contribute to ongoing discussions in decolonial thought and visual culture studies regarding the potentialities of othered approaches to image-making beyond Western-centred conceptualizations of the image and its visualities. Specifically, this publication looks at the importance of Indigenizing visual cultural studies in order to effectively decolonize an inter-discipline that has historically obviated its Western-centric biases. Drawing upon the concepts of decolonial aestheSis, the right to look, and Indigenous visual sovereignty, this issue presents texts addressing the Indigenization of visual culture as a means for decolonizing the fields of visual culture studies and contemporary art studies.


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Author Biography

Nasheli Jiménez del Val, Independent Scholar

Nasheli Jiménez del Val is a researcher and professor in Visual Studies with a focus on decolonial approaches to theorizing images and visualities. She holds a PhD from Cardiff University (2010). From 2014 to 2018, she was a full-time Professor at UNAM. Previously, she was Marie-Curie Fellow at the University of Barcelona (2012-2014), Professor in Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Stirling (2010-2011), Getty Latin America Guest Researcher at INHA (2003-2004), and Research Assistant at MUNAL (2001-2003).


MIGNOLO, Walter. “Aesthesis Decolonial,” Calle 14 4, no. 4 (January-June 2010): 10-25.

MIGNOLO, Walter and Rolando Vázquez, “Decolonial AestheSis: Colonial Wounds/Decolo- nial Healings,” SocialText Online, 15 July 2013.

MIGNOLO, Walter, and Pedro Pablo Gómez, eds. "Estéticas y opción decolonial". Bogotá: Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, 2012.

MIRZOEFF, Nicholas. "The Right to Look. A Counterhistory of Visuality". Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

RICKARD, Jolene. “Diversifying Sovereignty and the Reception of Indigenous Art,” Art Journal, 76 no. 2 (2017): 81-84.

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How to Cite

Jiménez del Val, N. (2023). Decolonial Visualities: Indigenizing Visual Culture Studies. Archivo Papers, 3(2), 7–10.