Verónica Tello

Lecturer Contemporary Art History and Theory
Lecturer

Lecturer Contemporary Art History and Theory 

I am a Chilean/Australian art historian and writer. My research predominantly focuses on queer and migratory archives and epistemologies. I also adopt/engage practices of institutional critique, Marxist-feminism and post- and de-colonial theory and increasingly, memoir and autofiction/theory.

I am 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, North/Latin America and the UK. It analyses how, within contexts marked by intensified border politics, contemporary artists have been grappling with how to represent, archive or abstract contested histories of migration. I develop the concept of  counter-memorial aesthetics to articulate how artists’ engagements with contemporary historical experiences of border restrictions and border crossings contest fixed identity and origin points, pushing our sense of what memory can do to catalyse new forms of ‘becoming’. 

In my current scholarship I have been extending my thinking on the politics of memory/counter-memory by working with the archive of queer/Chilean artist Juan Dávila, especially from the 1980s, to critique the enduring colonial and heteronormative logics of Australian art history. 

My work on the politics of memory, and writing practice more broadly, is also shaped by institutional critique. I am currently working on an ARC Linkage project focussed on how collections and archives can catalyse epistemological experiments and equity (or, structural change) within art institutions - with the Murray Art Museum Albury. Recent writings on institutional critique appear in Third Text and Memory Studies.

Books
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Tello V; Simbao R; Miner DAT; Mignolo W; Butt Z; Hernández É; Machiavello C, 2021, Future Souths: Aesthetics and Dialogues of the Global Souths, Third Text Publications and ÉCFRASIS, London and Santiago, http://thirdtext.org/publications
2021
Tello V, 2016, Counter-Memorial Aesthetics: Refugee Histories and the Politics of Contemporary Art, Radical Aesthetics Radical Art, Bloomsbury, London and New York, http://bloomsbury.com/us/counter-memorial-aesthetics-9781474252744/
2016
Book Chapters
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Tello V, 2021, 'The Politics of Location after 1973/1986', in Performance, Refuge, Resistance, Routledge, London and New York
2021
Tello V, 2019, 'The Speculative Collectivity of the Global Transnational, Or, Social Practice and the International Division of Labour', in Eckersall P; Grehan H (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 151 - 155, https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Theatre-and-Politics-1st-Edition/Eckersall-Grehan/p/book/9781138303485
2019
Tello V, 2019, 'Is Contemporary Art Postdevelopmental? A Study of 'Art as NGO'', in Morreo Boada C; Klein E (ed.), Postdevelopmental Practice, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 306 - 320, https://www.routledge.com/Postdevelopment-in-Practice-Alternatives-Economies-Ontologies/Klein-Morreo/p/book/9781138588677
2019
Tello V, 2018, 'Aesthetic Autonomy at the Border: Notes on Necro-Art', in Lushetich N (ed.), The Aesthetics of Necropolitics, edn. Experiments/On the Political, Rowman and Littlefield, London and New York, pp. 55 - 55, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781786606853/The-Aesthetics-of-Necropolitics
2018
Tello V; Campus in Camps , 2017, 'Collective Dictionary: Political', in Hlavajova M; Sheikh S (ed.), Former West: Art and the Contemporary After 1989, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass, pp. 656 - 656
2017
Creative Works (non-textual)
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Baker Smith D; Tello V, 2020, Opening Night (The Order of Arrangements), Know my Name, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 14 November 2020 - 14 July 2021, at: https://knowmyname.nga.gov.au/events/opening-night-order-arrangements/
2020
Tello V; Baker Smith D; Bullock N; England J, 2020, Know My Name Conference, Know My Name, National Gallery of Australia, 10 November 2020 - 13 November 2020, medium: Conference, at: https://knowmyname.nga.gov.au/events/know-my-name-conference/
2020
Edited Books
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Baker Smith D; Blackmore K, (ed.), 2020, Barbara Cleveland: Thinking Business, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn, https://goulburnregionalartgallery.com.au/exhibitions/barbara-cleveland
2020
Journal articles
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Tello V, 2020, 'What is contemporary about institutional critique?', Third Text, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2020.1841409
2020
Tello V, 2019, 'Counter-memory and and–and: Aesthetics and temporalities for living together', Memory Studies, vol. 17, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1750698019876002
2019
Tello V, 2016, 'Performing Crisis: Critical Solidarity in/with the Silent University', Broadsheet, vol. 45, pp. 31 - 34, http://www.cacsa.org.au/?page_id=781
2016
Tello V; Fisher L, 2016, 'The Fiction of Aftermath: Public Art, Public Imagination and the Aesthetics of Anthropogenic Crisis', Australian Humanities Review, vol. 60, pp. 1 - 20, http://australianhumanitiesreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/AHR60_Tello-and-Fisher.pdf
2016
Tello V, 2014, 'The Aesthetics and Politics of Aftermath Photography: Rosemary Laing's welcome to Australia (2004)', Third Text: third world perspectives on contemporary art and culture, vol. 28, pp. 553 - 560, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2014.970775
2014
Tello V, 2014, 'Counter-Memory, Heterochronia, and 'History Painting' (After Géricault): Dierk Schmidt's SIEV-X - On a Case of Intensified Refugee Politics', Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture, vol. 3, pp. 21 - 37, http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/contemp.2014.106
2014
Tello V, 2012, 'Review: Rhetorical Gestures: The 18th Biennale of Sydney', Afterall (Online), http://www.afterall.org/online/rhetorical-gestures-the-18th-biennale-of-sydney/
2012
Tello V, 2011, 'Between Counter-memory and Paranoia: Dierk Schmidt's triptych: Xenophobe, Freedom and Untitled (Louvre) (2001/2002)', Tijdschrift Kunstlicht, vol. 32, pp. 16 - 23
2011
Tello V, 2010, 'Review: The Division of the Earth', Afterall (Online), http://www.afterall.org/online/4982
2010
Creative Written Works
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Tello V, 2020, I, You, We, Together: For Juan, Paul and Paul, Thinking Business: Barbara Cleveland, Goulburn Regional Gallery
2020
Tello V, 2016, Border Thinking, Political: Campus in Campus Collective Dictionary, Campus in Camps , (ed.), Campus in Camps/BAK, http://www.campusincamps.ps/projects/political/
2016
Tello V, 2015, BDSM After Art History: My Safe Word is Performance (2014): In Conversation with Sarah Rodigari, My Safe Word is Performance, Barrett F, (ed.), Australian Experimental Art Foundation
2015
Tello V, 2014, The Displacements of Lynne Roberts-Goodwin, MORE THAN EVER, M Contemporary, http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/210606947
2014
Tello V; Rodigari S, 2013, Act Natural, Going Down: An Anthology of Contemporary Feminist Sydney Performance, Rodigari S; Olivieri J, (ed.), ISCP, New York
2013
Tello V, 2009, Interview with Rosa Martinez, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, http://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/2009-interview-with-rosa-martinez/1704
2009
Tello V, 2008, History Will Repeat Itself: Inke Arns Interview, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, http://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/february-2008-inke-arns-interview/1147
2008
Tello V, 2006, Fe, Fie, Faux Femme, Feminist Actions, Nextwave Festival and Spacement Gallery
2006
Tello V, 2006, Spewtiful: Ali Sanderson, Studio 12: Ali Sanderson, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/32890785
2006
Other
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Tello V, 2018, Counter-Memory and Migratory Aesthetics: Staying with the Many Times of Global Contemporaneity, University of Munster, Munster, https://www.uni-muenster.de/Kunstgeschichte/index.html
2018
Performance Studies International (ed.), 2017, Decolonial Everywhere Study and Planning Group, Performance Studies International, Hamburg, http://www.psi-web.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PSi23-OverFlow-schedule.pdf
2017
Refugee Council of Australia (ed.), 2017, ‘Research Panel: ”Futuring Education”, co-convened with Dr Caroline Lennette, UNSW Forced Migration Research Network, Refugee Alternatives: Improving Policy, Practice and Public Support, Refugee Council of Australia, Sydney
2017
Conference Presentations
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Tello V, 2018, 'On the Margins of Global Art History', presented at Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, RMIT, Melbourne, 04 December 2018 - 08 December 2018, http://aaanz.info/aaanz-home/conferences/2018-conference/
2018
Tello V; Nguyen J, 2017, 'Decolonial Everywhere Study and Planning Group: Infrastructures of Knowledge', presented at Affective Shifts: Inside and Outside the Nation and Body, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney, 21 February 2017 - 21 February 2017
2017
Tello V; Nguyen J; Macauley L; Odugbesan A; Thomopoulos C, 2017, 'Decolonial Everywhere Study and Planning Group (workshops)', presented at Performance Studies international, Hamburg, 07 June 2017 - 11 June 2017
2017
Biddle J; Munster A; Tello V, 2016, '[Convened Seminar Series]', presented at precarity//futurity//aesthetics, CCAP and Visual Anthropology, NIEA, UNSW Art & Design, -
2016
Tello V, 2016, 'Enduring Crises of Statelessness', presented at Performance Studies International, Melbourne, 05 July 2016 - 09 July 2016, http://www.psi2016.com/
2016
Tello V, 2012, 'Distillations of Time: The Politics of Aftermath Photography and Rosemary Laing's to walk on a sea of salt (2004)', presented at Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, University of Sydney, 11 July 2012 - 12 July 2012, http://aaanz.info/aaanz-home/conferences/2012_conference/
2012
Tello V, 2010, 'After Géricault: Dierk Schmidt's 'History Paintings' for SIEV-X', presented at Association of Art Historians Conference, University of Glasgow, 15 April 2010 - 17 April 2010, http://www.aah.org.uk/annual-conference/past-conferences/2010
2010
Tello V, 2009, 'Dierk Schmidt: SIEV-X and the recalibration of mass media images', presented at Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, 26 November 2009 - 28 November 2009, http://aaanz.info/aaanz-home/conferences/conference-2009-open-themed/
2009
Curatorial Outputs
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Tello V, 2017, Future Souths: Dialogues and Aesthetics of the Global Souths, exhibited at: online, 03 July 2017 - 23 August 2017, Future Souths: Dialogues and Aesthetics of the Global Souths, http://futuresouths.org/
2017
Tello V, 2008, team Australia, exhibited at: Carlton Hotel Studios, Melbourne, 04 December 2008 - 20 December 2008, team Australia, http://glennwalls.com/category/prototype-for-sophisticated-living-4-team-australia-curated-by-veronica-tello-part-2/
2008
Tello V, 2006, Feminist Actions, exhibited at: Spacement, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, 15 March 2006 - 26 March 2006, Feminist Actions, http://nextwave.org.au/gallery/next-wave-festival-2006/
2006
Conference Papers
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Tello V, 2016, 'Post-Institutional Critique in the Former West', in Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST), Boston, presented at Post-Society and Financial Exsanguination:The Social: 4th International Association for Visual Culture Biennial Conference, Boston, 29 September 2016 - 01 October 2016, http://ocradst.org/visualculture2016/
2016
Theses / Dissertations
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Tello V, 2013, The Aesthetics of Counter-Memory: Contemporary Art and Refugee Histories After Tampa, University of Melbourne, University of Melbourne, http://hdl.handle.net/11343/38305
2013

2021-2023: 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 

    Tello V; Tawale S, 2017, Culture Connect, Murray Albury Museum of Art, Murray Albury Museum of Art
    2017

    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)