Researcher

Dr Veronica Tello

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Lecturer and Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), UNSW Art & Design

I am a Chilean-Australian theorist and historian of contemporary art and visual culture. My research broadly focuses on critical border studies, necro- and bio-politics, as well as experimental historiography and counter-histories/memories/archives.

My book Counter-Memorial Aesthetics: Refugee Histories and the...view more

Lecturer and Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), UNSW Art & Design

I am a Chilean-Australian theorist and historian of contemporary art and visual culture. My research broadly focuses on critical border studies, necro- and bio-politics, as well as experimental historiography and counter-histories/memories/archives.

My book Counter-Memorial Aesthetics: Refugee Histories and the Politics of Contemporary Art (Radical Aesthetics Radical Art series, Bloomsbury Philosophy, 2016) analyses the protracted 'refugee crisis' from the 1990s to the present era in countries such as Australia, Cuba, the US and the UK and the role of contemporary art in manifesting 'counter-memories' of not only diminishing histories but also neglected futures which prioritise locating a critical, post-identity (non-citizen/nation-based) form of inter-subjectivity and thinking.

I am currently undertaking three inter-related research projects:

  • a monograph on the political economy of Global Art in an era of statelessness (2015-18)
  • a monograph on transnational networks forged by Latin American conceptual artists in the 70s and 80s (2017-)
  • a moving conceptual vocabulary of the aesthetics, politics, histories and potentialities of the Global Souths via a project I lead entitled Future Souths (2017-) in collaboration with Walter Mignolo, Dylan Miner, Zoe Butt, Ruth Simbao, Rachel O'Reilly, Carla Macchiavello and many others. see: futuresouths.org

Recent publications appear in Third Text, Afterall and Contemporaneity. I have written numerous catalogue essays for Australian artists in the areas of performance art, video art, photography and installation (see Publications). 

In 2015 I was Visiting Fellow in the Social Practice Queens program, City University New York (CUNY), and in 2010 I was art historian and theorist in residence at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, researching the work of the Berlin based artist Dierk Schmidt in collaboration with the Stadel Museum. 

Awards include: the Arts Victoria Presentation Grant (2006); the Australian Postgraduate Award (2008-12); the Siemens Art Program Award (with Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2010); the Australia Council for the Arts New Work - Early Career Award (2013); the UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2015-18); and the Bundanon Trust Writer’s Residency (2015).

Honours and Postgraduate Supervision
I am interested in supervising students (including those pursuing practice-led research) in the following research areas:

  • De- and post-colonial methodologies, theories/aesthetics 
  • Marxist, feminist methodologies and theories 
  • Borders, trans- and post- nationalisms, migration, globalisation 
  • Time, memory, histories, futures
  • Counter-histories/memories/archives 

Current Students:

PhD

Meredith Birrell (theory) -- The Fugitive Self: Subjectivity in the Essay-Films of The Otolith Group, Hito Steyerl and Ursula Biemann

James Nguyen (practice-led research) -- MEASURING THE DISTANCE OF RETURN: Diaspora, performance and the mirror-less camera 

Honours

Aneshka Mora: Indigenous and Migrant Solidarity in Contemporary Australian Art
 
Hannah Waters: Visualising Necropolitics: Renzo Martens' Enjoy Poverty and Abbas Kiarostami's ABC Africa
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