Pablo Barrera

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Second Year
East Asian Art

Pablo Barrera studies pre-modern East Asian art and architectural history, with a focus on the interregional exchange of visual programs between Korea and Japan. Pablo’s research relies on interdisciplinary methodologies that draw from anthropology, archaeology, engineering, and social history paradigms to better understand the political and cultural relationships that informed how East Asian intellectual activity produced a philosophy of aesthetic for visual arts of the period. Past projects include research on the construction design of Korean traditional vernacular architecture, and the intersection between architectural history, preservation, and cultural heritage institutions, which produced a co-authored chapter titled “Anthropology of Design: How Traditional Korean Architecture can expand the terms of conservation, collaboration, and sustainable management,” in Volume of Proceedings: Built Heritage 2013: Monitoring Conservation Management from Springer International (2015). Pablo has also previously explored pre-modern technologies applied toward monumental structures, publishing an article titled, “Wind and Water: Anthropogenic Use of Landscape at Small River Cemetery No. 5.” In Sino-Platonic Papers (2012). Current projects involve preliminary research on previously unknown Korean painting formats/assemblages influenced by architectural design.