Leticia Cobra Lima

Leticia Cobra Lima
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Women and Queer Artists; Contemporary Latin American Art; Assemblage Art and the Found Object; Sculpture
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
M.A. Thesis: "Feminist Practices as Antagonism: Anti-Hegemonic Artistic-political Incursions" (Santa Catarina State University, Florianópolis, Brazil, completed 2014)


Leticia Cobra Lima is a Ph.D. student in the History of Art & Architecture department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, investigating contemporary Latin American assemblage art produced between the 1960s and the 1980s, through a decolonial and feminist perspective. Her research currently focuses on how assemblage was deployed in Latin America – in the intersection between an ever-present past of extractive colonialism and an oppressive dictatorial present – towards an idiosyncratic lexicon of assemblage art, complicating the European modernist origins of the term by relocating it to the Global South as mobilized by women and queer artists. Surveyed artists include Marisol, Farnese de Andrade, Hélio Oiticica, Doris Salcedo, and Anna Bella Geiger.

She is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Murray Roman Curatorial Fellowship by the Art, Design & Architecture Museum (UCSB). Her transnational scholarship entails constant exchanges with South American institutions. In 2018, she was invited by the Brazilian National Arts Foundation to teach theoretical-practical workshops on feminist approaches to art history, and collaborated with artist Bruno Moreschi on a collective virtual artwork called “Another 33rd São Paulo Biennial” for said exhibition.

Leticia has a master's degree in Visual Arts from Santa Catarina State University and bachelor's degrees in Graphic Design (Federal University of Santa Catarina) and Visual Arts (Santa Catarina State University).