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Raul Ferrera-Balanquet, Ph.D. (He/They/We)

Co-Executive Director

  • Gallery of Art
  • College of Fine Arts


Interdisciplinary artist, writer, curator, and Fulbright scholar. Ph.D, Duke University. MFA, University of Iowa. Born In Havana, Cuba. Arrived to the United States in 1980 via the Mariel Boatlift.

Executive curator of Arte Nuevo InteractivA (2001-2014), Ferrera-Balanquet has organized numerous art, video and new media exhibitions. Among them are Africana Hemispheric Performance, Actions, Socially Public Participations, Rituals, and Ceremonies, Center for Afrofuturist Studies, Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Indigeneity | Decoloniality | @rt, Jameson Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA; Videos That Unmask, Test and Invade the Colonial System, Program I, Video In, Vancouver B.C., Canada, 1992; Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in Iowa II, International Festival and Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1986.

Author of Aestesis Decolonial Transmoderna Latinx_MX, (2019), CDMX-Merida, Mexico; editor of Andar Erotico Decolonial (2015), Ediciones del Signo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  His writings have appeared in Caribbean InTransit, No 4, Virginia, USA; Social Text Journal / Periscope, New York, USA; Bienal de La Habana Para leer, Universitat De Valencia, Spain; Inter, Art Actuael, No 102, Québec, Canada.

Ferrera-Balanquet artworks, installations, videos, and performances have been exhibited at Haceres Decoloniales, Galeria ASAB, Bogota, Colombia; “Decolonizing The “Cold” War”, BE.BOP 2013 Black Europe Body Politics, Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin, Germany; DysTorpia Media Project, Queens Art Museum, New York;  “Cuba: La Isla Posible”, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Spain; MIX New York, Film Anthology, Nueva York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival, California.

In addition to a Fulbright Fellowship, Ferrera-Balanquet has been awarded grants from Critical Minded, FONCA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, US/Mexico Cultural Fund, ANAT-Australia, NEA, and The Lyn Blumenthal Video Foundation.