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About Me

I am a transdisciplinary academic with an interest in the relationship between visual media, history and activism. I work in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge. 


My main specialism is Chilean history, which I explore through an analysis of activist appliqués (arpilleras) and online feminist activism.  I am currently writing a book entitled Textile, Art, Justice, and Activism in Latin America, which is under contract with Routledge. The book explores the relationship between symbolic representations and human rights through an analysis of the Latin American feminist embroidery movement.  I take a global approach to decolonial cultural practices in the Global South and I am increasingly working with African as well as Latin American academics and artists. I am interested in material culture (my specialism is textiles) and also online culture, particularly histories of feminist activism and democracy in Latin America.

My AHRC funded PhD was on the Chilean artist Violeta Parra. The doctoral research led to two books, the edited volume Violeta Parra Life and Work (Tamesis 2017) and the monograph Violeta Parra's Visual Art: Painted Songs (Palgrave Pivot 2020).  Together with Patricia Vilches, I have co-written a third book on Parra's legacy, entitled Violeta Parra: A Visionary Praxis - Music, Poetry, Art (Lexington Books, forthcoming in 2024).

 I regularly teach modules on Surrealism and art history. I take a comparative approach to Surrealist and AfroSurrealist literature and visual art. 

I welcome enquiries from students, academics and artists with shared interests. 



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