Patricia Branco Cornish
Patricia’s research uses oral history as a research method to investigate how rights violations are experienced and remembered from a gendered perspective. Her investigation focuses on women personal stories who engaged with artistic practices to resist and criticize censorship and rigid societal rules under the Brazilian dictatorship (1964-1985). She combines discursive and visual culture analysis when using art objects as triggers for memories related to dictatorial regimes. This research has a multidisciplinary approach encompassing memory and nostalgia theories from a cultural studies perspective, visual culture, feminism, media and postcolonial studies. She is a member of the Feminist Media Studio, and GradProSkills communications assistant.
Patricia holds a master’s degree in Aesthetics and Art History from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She investigated the art production by Brazilian female artists as a tool for self-representation and to oppose rigid social moral values. She co-authored an article about private collections under museum administration in a case study of financial fraud.