Alex Ungprateeb Flynn
Department: World Arts & Cultures/Dance
120 Westwood Plaza
150 Kaufman Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1608
Campus mailcode: 951608
Keywords: Latin America, Art, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina
Anthropologist and curator Alex Ungprateeb Flynn joined the faculty of UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance in 2021. Working collaboratively with social movements and contemporary art practitioners, Alex’s practice explores the prefigurative potential of art in community contexts, prompting the theorisation of fields such as the production of knowledge, the pluriversal, and the social and aesthetic dimensions of form. Having worked in Brazil since 2007 with the Landless Workers’ Movement and more recently in Mexico and Argentina with cartonera publishing, Alex’s work has increasingly focused on the intersection of ethnographic and curatorial modes of enquiry, resulting in exhibitions and public programmes in Paris (Concrete Mirror, with Noara Quintana) and São Paulo (Releituras, with Beatriz Lemos). From 2016 to 2017, Alex was co-curator of the Residência Artística Cambridge, an artistic residency program based within an occupied building in downtown São Paulo. For this project, Alex received the São Paulo Association of Art Critics 2016 APCA Trophy. Alex has taught at Durham University and University College London and held research positions at the University of Cambridge, EHESS, Paris, Universidade de São Paulo and the Iberoamerikanische Institut, Berlin. He also coordinates FORM*AT, a platform that explores how artistic approaches can prompt a reconceptualization of anthropological theory and practice.