Dr Veronica Tello

I am a Chilean-Australian theorist and historian of contemporary art and visual culture (Research Associate with the NRF/DST SARChI research programme in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa, Fine Art Department, Rhodes University, South Africa). 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 Lecturer, Contemporary Art Theory, UNSW Art & Design, and member of the Contemporary Culture, Art & Politics (CCAP) research group, National Institute of Experimental Arts.

I am currently undertaking three inter-related research projects: 

  • a monograph on the political economy of Global Art (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, Ruth Simbao, Dylan Miner, Zoe Butt, Rachel O'Reilly, Carla Macchiavello and many others. see: futuresouths.org

Recent publications appear in Third Text, Afterall and Contemporaneity. 

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