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Art history, theory and criticism, Heritage, archive and museum studies

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Biography

Senior Lecturer, Contemporary Art History and Theory 

I am a Chilean-Australian art historian and writer. My research predominantly focuses on the transnational politics and archives in/out of the Pacific, Latin America and Australia.

I completed my PhD (art history) at the University of Melbourne in 2013. My PhD was the basis of my first book, Counter-Memorial Aesthetics: Refugee Histories and the Politics of Contemporary Art (Radical...view more

Senior Lecturer, Contemporary Art History and Theory 

I am a Chilean-Australian art historian and writer. My research predominantly focuses on the transnational politics and archives in/out of the Pacific, Latin America and Australia.

I completed my PhD (art history) at the University of Melbourne in 2013. My PhD was the basis of my first book, Counter-Memorial Aesthetics: Refugee Histories and the Politics of Contemporary Art (Radical Aesthetics Radical Art series, Bloomsbury Philosophy, 2016). The book takes as its historical focus the protracted ‘global refugee crisis' from the 1990s to the present, across Australia, the UK and the Americas. It analyses how, within contexts marked by intensified border politics, contemporary artists have been grappling with how to represent, archive or abstract contested migratory histories. Within national landscapes brimming with monuments, 'counter-memorial aesthetics' opens up numerous tactics to understand the various ways that often invisible and/or erased migratory histories pass through us, and have the potential to reshape us, time and again.   

My second book, Future Souths: 8 Dialogues on Art and History is forthcoming (March, 2023) with Discipline and Third Text Publications. Through 8 dialogues, the book develops a moving conceptual vocabulary of the aesthetics, politics, histories and potentialities of the Global Souths in collaboration with artists, writers and curators such as: Walter Mignolo, Dylan AT Miner, Salote Tawale, Rolando López, James Nguyen, Zoe Butt, Jennifer Biddle, Ruth Simbao, Rachel O'Reilly, Carla Macchiavello Cornejo and many others. (The project began in 2017 as an online dialogical project, futuresouths.org, and is substantially developed for the book). 

I am currently developing a monograph on the exhibition history of Art in Chile: An Audiovisual Documentation (1986), curated by Juan Dávlia and Nelly Richard, and the associated book Margins and Institutions: Art in Chile after 1973 (1986), published by Art & Text, authored by Richard and translated by Dávila and Paul Foss. 

In addition, with Salote Tawale and Ien Ang, I am leading the Australian Research Council Linkage project focussed on how collections and archives can catalyse epistemological experiments and equity (or, structural change) within Australian regional art museums. The project, entitled Parallel, is developed in partnership with Murray Albury Museum of Art (MAMA) and embraces the potential of the ‘parallel’ or the ‘para’ as a way of being adjacent to, beyond or distinct from the structural formations that are typically the case in Australian art institutions.

From 2023-2027 I will be the Editor in Chief of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art, published by Taylor & Francis. I am the Sydney editor of Memo Review.

Recent publications: 

"Vivienne Binns", Artforum International, 2022. Available here

"Screwball", Memo Review, 2022. Available here.

"From Impulse to Action, A Park is Not a Forest", Memo Review, 2022. Available here.

(with Sebastián Valenzuela-Valdivia),  "Southern Atlas: Art Criticism in/out of Chile and Australia during the Pinochet Regime", Third Text Online, 2022. Available here.

(with Sebastián Valenzuela-Valdivia), "A Partial History of South–South Art Criticism: Juan Dávila’s Collaborations with Art & Text and Chilean Art Workers during the Pinochet Dictatorship, 1981–1990", Third Text, 2022 . Available here.

"Juan Dávila, Self-Portrait as Ingre’s Violin (1984)", Queer Readings of the Monash University Collection, 2021. Available here.

"I, You, We, Together: For Juan, Paul and Paul", Barbara Cleveland: Thinking Business, Eds Diana Baker Smith and Kate Blackmore, Goulburn, 2020. Available here.

"What is Contemporary about Institutional Critique?", Third Text, 2020. Available here.

with Diana Baker Smith, Opening Night (The Order of Arrangements) (2020), Know My Name, National Gallery of Australia. Details here.

 


My Grants

2021-2024: Australian Research Council, Linkage, Australian Regional Art Museums, Resettlement and Structural Change, with Ien Ang (Western Sydney Uni) and Salote Tawale (USyd) and Murray Art Museum Albury.

2020: Australia Council for Arts - Individual and Group Project funding, Australian Exhibition Histories: Margins and Institutions: Art in Chile after 1973 (1986) 

2019-2021: PLuS Alliance Research Fellowship, Latin American Art Networks 

2015-2018: UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Decolonial Futures and Contemporary Art

2015: Bundanon Trust Writer’s Residency, Counter-Memorial Aesthetics: Refugee Histories and the Politics of Contemporary Art 


My Qualifications

PhD, Art History/Visual Culture, University of Melbourne, 2013


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

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

  • Australian art histories, concepts, practices 
  • Latin American art histories, concepts, practices 
  • Time, memory, histories, futures - spanning queer, decolonial and feminist theories and practices (including memoir and auto-fiction) 
  • Borders, trans- and post- nationalisms, migration, globalisation 
  • Marxist, feminist methodologies and theories 
  • Institutional critique 

Currently supervising

PhD

Anabelle Lacroix (curatorial, practice-led research) - The politics of sound and contemporary art museums (joint with Caleb Kelly) 

Aneshka Mora (art theory/history) – Decolonialisation and Institutional Critique in Contemporary Australian Art (with Bianca Hester)

Teresa Hunter-Hicks (art theory/history) – Labour, Collaboration and Collectivity in Australian and North American Poster Collectives (1968-1991) (joint with Diana Baker Smith)

Angela Goddard (curatorial, practice-led research) - World Making Strategies and Curatorial Support Structures in Australia (joint with Lizzie Muller)

Jade Muratore, (practice-led research) - Queer histories and para-fiction (with Diana Baker Smith, Rochelle Haley and Grant Stevens)

Completed

James Nguyen (practice-led research) – Making Chó bò*: Troubling Việtspeak: Collaborating, translating, and archiving with family in Australian contemporary art (joint with Jennifer Biddle), 2021.

Meredith Birrell (art theory/history) –The Fugitive Self: Posthuman subjectivity in the Essay-Films of The Otolith Group, Hito Steyerl and Ursula Biemann, 2020.

MFA

Amy Prcevich, Experiments with temporality of 'office work'  (joint with Diana Baker Smith) 

Evgenia (Jenny) Anagnostopoulou, Untitled (topic: curatorial experiments and the global souths) (joint with Diana Baker Smith)

Completed

Lu Forsberg, Counter-Surveillance, Extractivism and Eco-Aesthetics (joint with Diana Baker Smith). 2022

Amber Hammad, Speculative History and Critique of Gender in/out of Pakistan (joint with Diana Baker Smith). 2022

Elena Gomez, Admit the Joyous Passion of Revolt: Gender, Labour and Inter-generationality in Marxist-feminist poetics, (joint with Astrid Lorange). 2019

HONOURS (ART HISTORY/THEORY)

Completed

Nicola Marshall, Gossip as Archival Method in Post-War Lebanese Contemporary Art, 2020

June Miskell, Embodied Knowledge And Collective Survival: Dance And Community In The Work Of Bhenji Ra, 2019.

Evgenia Anagnostopoulos, Crisis and The Curatorial: Tracing Emergent Forms Of Institutional Activity in Athens, 2018.

Melissa Mills, Performing and Contesting the Archive in Sites of Crisis, 2018.

Aneshka Mora, Indigenous and Migrant Solidarity in Contemporary Australian Art, 2017.

Hannah Waters, Visualising Necropolitics: Renzo Martens' Enjoy Poverty and Abbas Kiarostami's ABC Africa, 2017.

 

My Teaching

I convene the following courses within the Bachelor of Fine Art - across art history/theory, curatorial and studio: 

  • Australian Art, 1st year level (Art History/Theory)
  • Global Contemporary Art, 3rd year level (Art History/Theory) and Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership
  • Contemporary Art Theories and Methods, 4th year/Honours level (Studio and Theory)
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