Veronica Tello completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2013. Her research broadly focuses on the intersections of contemporary art and politics. Her forthcoming book Counter-Memorial Aesthetics: Contemporary Art and Refugee Histories (Radical Aesthetics Radical Art series, Bloomsbury) analyses how contemporary artists have adopted experimental methods for memorialising recent refugee flows spanning Cuba–America, Middle-East–Australia and Africa–Europe. Her current research focuses on new models of institutional critique in the work of artists such as Tania Bruguera, Ahmet Ögüt, Jonas Staal and the collective Not An Alternative.
Her work has been widely published in national and international journals, most recently in Third Text, Afterall and Contemporaneity. Since 2006, Veronica has curated numerous exhibitions including Without Money There is No Love, Feminist Actions (Next Wave Festival), team Australia and Girls on the Floor (Midsumma Festival). In 2010 she was art historian in residence at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, researching the work of the Berlin based artist Dierk Schmidt in collaboration with the Stadel Museum.
She has been the recipient of several awards including: 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 Fellowship (2015-18); and the Bundanon Trust Writer’s Residency (2015).