Performance Art, Race, and Contemporaneity in the Dominican Republic

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This essay discusses issues of time and temporality in relation to performance art from the Dominican Republic. It contends that Dominican performance artists are advancing critical understandings of what is to be contemporary. The essay considers the work of David Pérez Karmadavis, Sayuri Guzmán, and José Ramia as expressing the role of artists in defining and delving into what it means to make art in and of the present, while simultaneously challenging the presentist understanding of time linked to neoliberalism. From this perspective, the article examines the potential of performance art for criticizing and expanding our understanding of time and temporality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-59
Number of pages18
JournalLatin American Research Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • contemporary art
  • Dominican Republic
  • neoliberalism
  • performance art

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Development
  • Anthropology
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • General Economics,Econometrics and Finance
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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