Writing

My writing has evolved over the last twenty years from poetic to academic to curatorial to epistolary to dramaturgical to where it comfortably stands now as fictocriticism. It was during the writing of my PhD exegesis that I came across this genre that blends ethnographic observation and interviews, archival history, literary theory, fact, fiction, and memoir. Independent chapters of my thesis were published in different formats and types of publications, such as: an essay in Third Text (special issue on Decolonization in Latin American Art), an epistolary exchange between Selk’nam poet Hema’ny Molina, gender studies scholar Nina Lykke and me in the Australian Feminist Studies Journal (special issue on Queer Death Studies), a poetic ode in the Melbourne-based art journal Discipline, a denunciatory fiction in the Brooklyn Rail/River Rail, and as a book chapter on emancipatory possibilities in a Palgrave-Macmillan reader on post-capitalism.

Since 2016, I have received creative writing support from the editor of the book Writing Academic Texts Differently: Intersectional Feminist Methodologies and the Playful Art of Writing (Routledge, 2014). Nina Lykke and I met in an otherworldly scenario, in the depths of a decommissioned nuclear reactor in the center of Stockholm that has been repurposed as a performance space. Our meeting led to a joint inquiry into the retelling of cancer stories (Lykke lost her partner due to lung cancer and I came close to cancer death due to non-hodgkin's lymphoma), and we have to date presented our work as performance lectures at the University of Sydney, Linköping University, Universidad de Chile, and the University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to publishing journal articles, we are in the final stages of review of a manuscript for a book we’ve titled Sandcastles: A Queer Femme Proposition. The book explores waves of stories thematizing the horrors of cancer as well as queer resistances to these horrors from critical ecopolitical perspectives.

Selected Essays

Toxicity is communal

2023

A poem recounting a dinner I curated for Convivial Tables: The Cross Between Food And Ecology, edited by María Montero Sierra and Barbara Nardacchione, available online on TBA21 and Ocean Space website.

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Future Fiction, An Instructional Postcard and a Secret

2022

A speculative eco fiction written for the public program Walking with Water. Serbia: Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad, curated by organized by Biljana Ćirić and Balkan Projects.

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Flamboyance: a Plumalogical Dialogue

2022

An essay co-authored with Ariel Bustamante for Soot Breathe // Corpus Infinitum a newspaper edited by Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman for their exhibition Elemental Cinema at Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vancouver: Canada.

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Careful Thinking: Pensar Cuidando-Henvupen Yaconso

2022

A book chapter co-authored with Indigenous Selk’nam poet Hema’ny Molina and ecologist Dr. Bárbara Saavedra for Post-Capitalist Futures, edited by Samuel Alexander, Sangeetha Chandrashekeran, and Brendan Gleeson. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Ravel to unravel

2022

A conversation with Cecilia Vicuña for Balcony Magazine issue 02, New York.

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Twinning

2021

A book chapter co-authored with gender studies scholar Nina Lykke, for Sex Ecologies, edited by Stefanie Hessler and Katja Aglert. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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Tramposilla Infalible

2021

A book chapter for Una cartografía extraña. Producciones narrativas entre la migración y el arte, edited by Lucía Egaña Rojas and Paulina E. Varas. Santiago de Chile: Metales pesados.

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Expectant Pacifica

2021

An essay co-authored with artist Carolina Caycedo for Oceans Rising, edited by Daniela Zyman. Berlin, Germany: Sternberg Press.

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To Move Through the Dark Night of the Soul

2021

An article co-authored with artist Caitlin Franzmann, for Multinaturalism, Issue 8 of Art + Australia Journal, edited by Tessa Laird.

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A Triptych of Viral Tales

2021

An article co-authored with gender studies scholar Nina Lykke, KERB Journal of Landscape Architecture #28, Melbourne, AU.

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The Water is the Law/El agua es la ley

2021

A bilingual epilogue to Cumbre Aconcagua, Cisnero’s Institute, MoMA.

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C. Putiya makara wingani (can’t stop feeling)

2021

An co-authored essay with art historian Greg Lehman, descendant from the Trawulwuy people of north east Tasmania. Garland Magazine, online publication.

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Decolonising Mourning

2020

A co-authored essay with gender scholar Nina Lykke and Indigenous Selk’nam activist Hema’ny Molina, Australian Feminist Studies Journal 35(104): 186-201.

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Addressing Karukinka

2020

A fictocritical essay on my love for an archipelago, Third Text Journal (June 2020). London, UK: Routledge.

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Más allá del fin

2020 - 2014

Interdisciplinary print periodical chronicling scholarship associated with Ensayos, co-edited with art historian Carla Macchiavello. Issues #1, 2, and 3 published by Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), BHQFU (New York) and Discipline (Melbourne), respectively. Contributors include Macarena Gomez-Barris, Ursula LeGuin, Astrida Neimanis, Juan Downey, Laura Ogden, Alejandra Mancilla, Giuliana Furci, and many more.

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Fathom

2019

Co-authored definition for the Environmental Humanities Living Lexicon, Environmental Humanities Journal (12(1): 173-178). Duke, NC: Duke University Press.

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Distancia: A Measure of Intimacy

2019

PhD exegesis in Curatorial Practice from Monash Art Design and Architecture (October 2019), Melbourne, AU.

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Slow Down Fast, A Toda Raja

2019

A co-authored book with the poet Cecilia Vicuña. Berlin: Errant Bodies Press.

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En busca de otras naturalezas

2019

A co-authored essay with ecologist Dr. Bárbara Saavedra for Movimientos de Tierra, edited by Pedro Donoso. Barcelona: Polígrafa.

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The Two in the One: Cecilia Vicuña}s Pantera Negra y Yo (ii)

2019

A short reflection on why Cecilia Vicuña’s Pantera Negra y Yo (Black Panther and Me) is not just a painting.

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The Go-Between

2017

An epistolary fiction, The Brooklyn Rail, New York.

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Dear Enemy

2017

An interdisciplinary paper co-authored with artist Christy Gast and biologists Derek Córcoran and Giorgia Graells on the results of the scent experiments realized at the Institute of Art and Olfaction, published in INTERCOURSE Magazine 5. Pioneer Works, NYC.

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Art meets Life on a Sunday afternoon: Screenings at the Cantrills

2016

A brief essay co-authored with Tessa Laird published by the online magazine Garland.

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Second Home

2016

A short reflection for the exhibition Second Home published by the online magazine Garland.

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Mestiza

2016

Entry for “An Incomplete Glossary of Latin America,” in United States of Latin America, ed. Jens Hoffman (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016). p. 100-101.

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Interview with Tara MacDowell

2015

For The Miami Rail (fall and spring issues). Miami, FL.

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Interview with Cecilia Vicuña

2015

For The Miami Rail (fall and spring issues). Miami, FL.

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Interview with Bruno Latour

2015

For The Miami Rail (fall and spring issues). Miami, FL.

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Interview with Thomas Hirschhorn

2015

For The Miami Rail (fall and spring issues). Miami, FL.

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Ensayos

2013

A brief reflection on the beginnings of Ensayos, published in La Panera, Santiago, Chile.

Ensayos en La Panera (I) Ensayos en La Panera (II) Ensayos en La Panera (III) Ensayos en La Panera (IV) Ensayos en La Panera (V)
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