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Natalia Brizuela

Professor of Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese

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Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Film & Media. Her work focuses on photography, film and contemporary art, critical theory and aesthetics of both Spanish America and Brazil. She is the author of two books on photography. The first, Fotografia e Império. Paisagens para um Brasil Moderno (Cia das Letras, 2012) is a study of 19th Century photography in Brasil in its relationship to modern state formation, nationalism, modernization and race. The second, Depois da fotografia. Uma literatura fora de si (Rocco, 2014) is a study of contemporary literature in an expanded field, looking particularly at the relationship between current literary practices and photographic languages, techniques and materialities. With Jodi Roberts she has written two books, Photography at its Limits (OneEditionBooks, 2019) and The Matter of Photography in the Americas (Stanford University Press, 2018), as part of exhibition projects they co-curated. She has also curated NO SÉ (El templo del sol), a solo exhibition of Brazilian artist Nuno Ramos at the Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires in 2015, and is currently preparing an exhibition on the work of Waldemar Cordeiro with Rachel Price.

With Alejandra Uslenghi (Northwestern) she is the co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (2015) on photographers Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola. She has also edited Y todo el resto es literatura. Ensayos sobre Osvaldo Lamborghini, a book of essays on experimental writer Osvaldo Lamborghini (2008) and has guest edited a Special Issue of Film Quarterly on Brazilian filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho (2016).

She is currently at work on two book length projects. The first looks at instances of contemporary photographic production which have moved beyond the medium and historical material conditions of photography. The second one is a study of time as critique in contemporary aesthetics.

With Leticia Sabsay (LSE) she is the co-editor of the book series Critical South (Polity Books).


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Selected Publications

Photography at its Limits with Jodi Roberts (Berkeley: OneEditionBooks, 2019). Print.

The Matter of Photography in the Americas with Jodi Roberts (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2018). Print. Introduction here.

Depois da fotografia. Uma literatura fora de si (Rocco: Rio de Janeiro, 2014). Print.

Fotografia e império. Paisagens para um Brasil moderno (Cia das Letras: Sao Paulo, 2012). Print.

Co-editor with Alejandra Uslenghi, Modern Argentine Photography: Horacio Coppola and Grete Stern, Special Issue of Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 2 (2015). Print.

Global? Contemporary? Latin American? Time Matters in/and Art Today“, Revista Hispánica Moderna 72.2 (2019): 135-147. Print.

El romance de la negra rubia: una escritura trans“, introducción, El Romance de la Negra Rubia (Buenos Aires: La Página/Soy: 2019). Print.

Eleven Theses for Breaking Away“, Film Quarterly 72.3 (2019). Print.

On Value“, Hercule Florence. Le Nouveau Robinson ed. Linda Fregni Nagler (Humboldt Books: Milan, 2017): 327-343. Print.

A Sense of Place: Paz Encina’s Radical Poetics“, Film Quarterly 70.4 (2017): 49-64. Print.

Conversation & Duration in Coutinho’s Films“, Film Quarterly 69.3 (2016): 19-27. Print.

Grete Stern, Horacio Coppola, and the Question of Modern Photography in Argentina“, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies Special Issue 2 (2015): 243-265. Print.

Light Writing in the Tropics. The Story of Hercules Florence“, Aperture 2015 (Summer 2014): 41-50. Print.

Pasajes: mi trabajo de arte como un todo“, NO SÉ (El templo del sol). Nuno Ramos (Buenos Aires: Parque de la Memoria, 2014). Print.

Iconografías Sarmentinas“, (with Adriana Amante), Historia crítica de la literatura Argentina, volumen Sarmiento (Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2012): 580-612. Print.

“Transposicao. Fotografia de Caio Reisewitz”, Zum. Revista de fotografia (Sao Paulo: Instituto Moreira Salles, 2012). Print.

Ver tudo, Ver todo. Um percurso pelo panorama“, Panoramas: a paisagem brasileira (Sao Paulo: Instituto Moreira Salles, 2012): 150-169. Print.