Art historian, artist, curator and critic. Associate Professor of Modern/Contemporary Latin American Art History in the Visual Arts Department, University of California, San Diego. Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine (2010). She obtained a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Visual Arts Department of the same institution. Bachelor of Arts from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Academic director of the Zonas de Disturbio seminar of the academic programme of the MUAC, UNAM (August 2009 - August 2011). Her experimental video documentaries have been presented at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Bilbao, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Anthology Film Archives in New York, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City, and at the REDCAT Theater in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, among other museums, galleries and festivals.
Her research areas are postcolonial theory, subaltern studies, modernism and the national foundation, modernism and globalization, indigenism, intersections of ethnography with the vanguard, critical theory and Marxist deconstruction. Over the last twenty years her work has developed an interdisciplinary approach oriented toward comparative analysis and critical dialogue between the fields of theory, history and art. Co-Editor of Estética y emancipación. Fantasma, fetiche, fantasmagoría in the Zona Crítica collection (Siglo XXI Editores, UNAM, UAM). She is the author of Zonas de disturbio. Espectros del México indígena en la modernidad, which was published by the same publishers (2014). She directs the Discursive and Curatorial Production Initiative (DCP) at the University of California, San Diego, where she has produced twelve colloquia, four art exhibitions and an equal number of critical publications. She received a Pacific Standard Time LA/LA research grant from the Getty Research Institute in support of the exhibition and publication Indigenismos: Amerindian Inscriptions in the Art of the Americas. Since 2009 she has been a founding member of the editorial and curatorial committee of El Espectro Rojo. She lives and works in San Diego, California and Mexico City.