Page, Joanna;

Published On


Page Range

pp. 237–248


  • English

Print Length

12 pages


  • decolonial neobaroque
  • environmental democracy
  • Enrique Leff
  • artists
  • baroque imaginaries
  • historical co-option
  • Latin America
  • anticolonial expression
  • anti-institutional expression
  • excess
  • heterogeneity
  • performativity
  • post-anthropocentric perspectives
  • science
  • living world
  • alternative modernities
  • European scientific traditions
  • literary traditions
  • visual traditions
  • neobaroque in Latin America
  • postmodernism
  • subversion of authority
  • linear narratives
  • decolonial baroque
  • historical re-embedding
  • critique
  • Enlightenment epistemologies
  • Eurocentric modernity


  • Joanna Page (author)
The conclusion brings together the arguments pursued throughout this book in two principal ways, proposing that we may approach these works as instances of a decolonial neobaroque and as calls for an environmental democracy, as envisioned by Enrique Leff. Many of the artists explored here stage a tactical return to baroque imaginaries, invoking the historical co-option of the baroque in Latin America as an instrument for anticolonial and anti-institutional expression, while redeploying its excess, heterogeneity, and performativity to explore post-anthropocentric perspectives on science and the living world. Reading their work as part of a decolonial baroque highlights ways in which they construct alternative modernities that are less exclusionary, while nevertheless remaining in close dialogue with European scientific, literary, and visual traditions. I mark key differences between the neobaroque in Latin America, a category proposed by several scholars that shares many characteristics with the disembedding effects of postmodernism’s subversion of authority and linear narratives, and the decolonial baroque I propose, which is more often a form of historical re-embedding with the specific aim of constructing a critique of Enlightment epistemologies and Eurocentric modernity.


Joanna Page

Professor of Latin American Studies at University of Cambridge

Joanna Page is Professor of Latin American Studies and the Director of CRASSH (the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of several books on cinema, graphic fiction, literature and visual art in Argentina, Chile, and Latin America more broadly. Many of her research projects focus on the relationship between science and the arts, but her interests also include posthumanism, new materialism, decoloniality and environmental thought in Latin America. Her most recent monograph was Decolonizing Science in Latin American Art (UCL Press, 2021). Other books published in the past few years include Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America (co-edited with María del Pilar Blanco, University Press of Florida, 2020) and Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America (co-authored with Edward King, UCL Press, 2017).