Gabriela Aceves-Sepulveda

Assistant Professor


  • BA, Graphic Design, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • MFA, Visual Arts, York University, Toronto.
  • MA, Art History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
  • PhD, History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.


Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda is an interdisciplinary media artist and cultural historian with a research focus on feminist media and contemporary art and design history and practice. Working at the intersections of video and performance, she uses video and multimedia installations to explore the social, political, and cultural structures that shape our sense of self. Her research on the role of feminism(s) in the development of Mexico’s mediascapes after 1968 was awarded The John Bullen Prize, which honours an outstanding PhD thesis on a historical topic submitted to a Canadian university. Her current research examines the effects of digital technologies on the archival practices of female activists and artists across the Americas and traces the histories of transnational artists’ networks forged outside the dominant centres of the western art world during the second half of the twentieth century. She has been a board member of various artist-run centres, including CAFKA (Kitchener-Waterloo, 2001–2004), ACCESS Gallery (Vancouver, 2005­–2007), and VIVO MEDIA ARTS (Vancouver, 2014–present). Before pursuing an academic career, she spent more than 10 years in the design industry working as a senior designer and creative consultant specializing in editorial and print design.

Gabriela is seeking graduate students interested in working at the intersections of historical research, theory, and praxis with a critical concern for unpacking how categories of difference and colonial legacies continue to shape both the historical narratives and practices of media, art, and design; how new and old technologies mediate our sense of self; and the role of digital technology in disrupting traditional practices of documentation and knowledge transfer and production.

Research Interests:

  • Media art histories
  • Global histories of video art
  • Feminist and gender studies
  • Performance studies
  • Art and curatorial practice
  • Art and activism
  • Digital humanities
  • Latin American cultural history


Future courses may be subject to change.