PhD, Art History/Visual Culture, University of Melbourne, 2013
I am a Chilean/Australian writer. My research seeks to develop para- and counter- histories/memories/archives in alignment with border subjects. I am particularly invested in post- and de-colonial and Marxist-feminist theories as well as the practice and discourse of institutional critique.
I am currently undertaking three inter-related research projects:
- (with Sebastián Valenzuela Valdivia) a monograph on the exhibition history of Margins and Institutions: Art in Chile after 1973 (1986) focussed on the queer and transnational solidarity networks forged by Chilean and Australian arts workers, especially Juan Dávila, Paul Foss, Paul Taylor and Nelly Richard, to produce this project. Following the monograph, Valenzuela-Valdivia and I will curate a critical re-staging of the exhibition Margins and Institutions: Art in Chile after 1973 (1986) in Santiago (originally staged during the Pinochet dictatorship, 1973-1990), the exhibition was only seen Australia - across the Experimental Art Foundation, George Paton Gallery, Artspace, Chameleon and Praxis).
- (with Diana Baker Smith) a performance-lecture, video work and experimental academy entitled Origins, Openings and Orifices (OOO, 2020-) which examines the settler-colonial/possessive histories, values and epistemological underpinnings of the National Gallery of Australia and its collection. It focuses especially on the NGA's opening night, and the collection tour given to Queen Elizabeth II by James Mollison (inaugural Director of the NGA) and then Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser amongst others.
- 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 Salote Tawale, Walter Mignolo, Dylan Miner, Zoe Butt, Ruth Simbao, Rachel O'Reilly, Carla Macchiavello and many others. see: futuresouths.org
My first book, Counter-Memorial Aesthetics: Refugee Histories and the Politics of Contemporary Art (Radical Aesthetics Radical Art series, Bloomsbury Philosophy, 2016) analysed 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.
Recent publications appear in Memory Studies, Third Text, Afterall (Online) and Contemporaneity.
From 2018-2020, I am Research Fellow at Rhodes University, South Africa (Arts of Global South research cluster, led by Prof Ruth Simbao).
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.
I have curated several exhibitions since 2006, including Feminist Actions (Next Wave Festival).