Dr. Yaiza Hernández Velázquez

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email y.hernandezvelazquez (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr. Yaiza Hernández Velázquez

Dr. Hernández Velázquez’s research centres on art institutions, understood in a broad sense, as sites of philosophical and political import and on the way in which “theory” (in its post-68 inflection) has both informed and curtailed those political efforts.

She is particularly interested in artistic and para-artistic institutional models that understand themselves (even if no one else does) as prefiguring, supporting or representing radical social changes. She has found valuable resources in institutional models that might not always think of art as their main organising discourse, from self-organised activist spaces to community museums.

Additionally, she has an ongoing interest in the cultural lives of tourism and their embroilment with forms of exploitation that draw from colonial models, primarily as a member of the research group turicom (www.turicom.es)

I welcome research applicants seeking to work on any of the above topics.


She is currently teaching the following modules: Beyond Boundaries (BA Year 1) Art, Artefacts, Archives (BA Year 1), Curating and the Public Sphere (BA Year 1), Curating, Education and Research (BA Year 2) and Visual Culture as Public Practice (BA Year 3)

Between 2013 and 2019, she worked at Central Saint Martins-University of the Arts London, where she led the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies. Previously, she was associate lecturer in Historical and Critical Studies in the Fine Art department at Middlesex University between 2000-2002 and 2012-2013.

Before returning to higher education, she worked for over a decade in and for art institutions. Among other things, she was Curator at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Director of the Centro de Documentación y Estudios Avanzados de Arte Contemporáneo (CENDEAC) in Murcia and Head of Public Programmes at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).

Research Interests

Critical Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Studies, Museology, Exhibition Studies, New Institutionalism, Art and Activism, Archives, Tourism and Cultural Policy.



Hernández Velázquez, Y. M.; Roig, Marc and Hispano, Andrés. 2007. El Rei de la Casa. Adults als deu, nens al quaranta. Barcelona: Institut de Cultura de l'Ajuntament de Barcelona. ISBN 978-84-9850-009-7

Edited Book

Hernández Velázquez, Y. M., ed. 2011. Inter/Multi/Cross/Trans. The Uncertain Territory of Art Theory in the Age of Academic Capitalism. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain: Montehermoso. ISBN 978-84-96845-44

Book Section

Hernández Velázquez, Y. M.. 2019. Imagining Curatorial Practice after 1972. In: Paul O'Neill; Simon Sheikh; Lucy Steeds and Mick Wilson, eds. Curating after the Global: Roadmaps for the Present. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, pp. 253-270. ISBN 9780262537902

Hernández Velázquez, Y. M.. 2019. Cortocircuitos del Museo y la Autonomía. In: , ed. ¡Autonomía! ¡Autonomización! Santa Cruz de Tenerife: TEA, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, pp. 128-142. ISBN 9788494706592

Hernández Velázquez, Y. M.. 2019. Who Needs “Exhibition Studies”? In: , ed. Critical Museology: Selected Themes Reflections from the William Bullock Lecture Series. Mexico City: Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, pp. 286-303. ISBN 9786073023757

Hernández Velázquez, Y. M.. 2018. A constituent education. In: John Byrne; Elinor Morgan; November Paynter; Aida Sánchez de Serdio and Adela Zeleznik, eds. The Constituent Museum: Constellations of Knowledge, Politics and Mediation: A Generator of Social Change. Amsterdam: Valiz, pp. 128-131. ISBN 9789492095428

Hernández Velázquez, Y. M.. 2004. Museos de Sol y Playa. In: Mariano de Santa Ana, ed. Paisajes del placer, paisajes de la crisis. El espacio turístico canario y sus representaciones. Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands: Fundación César Manrique, pp. 137-154. ISBN 8488550545


Hernández Velázquez, Y. M.. 2013. Third-Way Aesthetics. Radical Philosophy(180), pp. 53-55. ISSN 0300-211X

Conference or Workshop Item

Hernández Velázquez, Yaiza María. 2019. 'Ponerse en el mapa. Cosmopolitismo provinciano en los años del Boom'. In: Art and Tourism Imaginaries II. Spain was never different. Art and Tourism from the 1960s onwards. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain 12 June 2019.