Embodied and Experimental Writing Practises

Monash University Museum of Art screening and discussion

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Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll with Verónica Tello (UNSW) and Helen Hughes (Monash) address their shared interest in embodied writing practices and the significance of this method in relation to contemporary art history. As they discuss interventions in collections, the digital and the role of the replica in reiterating dispossession, they are guided by Khadija’s text ‘The Importance of Being Anachronistic: Contemporary Aboriginal Art and Museum Reparations’ (Discipline and Third Text, 2016). Their discussion will engage key terms that feature in the vocabulary Khadija developed for ethics, migration and genealogy, especially in relation to ‘El Penacho’, the object-biography featured in her new book, The Contested Crown: Repatriation Politics between Europe and Mexico (University of Chicago Press, 2022). The speakers approach the questions demanded by settler colonial history through their respective projects on ‘bordered lives’, convict art and Latinx art histories.

Dr Helen Hughes is a Senior Lecturer in Art History, Theory, and Curatorial Practice at Monash University. She was a 2019–20 Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art. She is a founding co-editor of Discipline, and on the editorial boards of Memo Review and Index Journal. Recent publications include Double Displacement: Rex Butler on Queensland Art (co-edited with Francis Plagne, 2019), Tom Nicholson: Lines towards Another (co-edited with Amelia Barikin, 2019), and Mutlu Çerkez: 1988–2065 (co-edited with Charlotte Day and Hannah Mathews, 2018).

Verónica Tello is a Chilean-Australian art historian based at UNSW Art & Design, Sydney, where she is Senior Lecturer, Contemporary Art History and Theory. Verónica’s work is dedicated to engaging and animating queer and migratory archives in/across Australia and Latin America. In 2016, she published her first book Counter-Memorial Aesthetics: Refugee Histories and the Politics of Contemporary Art (Bloomsbury). Her second book, Future Souths: 8 Dialogues on Art, Place and History is forthcoming with Third Text Publications as a bilingual edition (Spanish/English, 2022). She is currently finalising a manuscript on the exhibition history of Art in Chile: An Audio-Visual Documentation (1986, co-curated by Juan Dávila and Nelly Richard) and the accompanying catalogue/book Margins and Institutions: Art in Chile Since 1973 with Sebastián Valenzuela-Valdivia.