Carla Macchiavello

Carla Macchiavello

Associate Professor of Art History
Music and Art


Office: F-1130X

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=3092

Carla Macchiavello Cornejo is an art historian and educator, born in Santiago, Chile, and based in NY. Her research centers on Latin American contemporary art; networks of solidarity and resistance; migrant identities in video art; artistic pedagogies; and art practices aimed at social and environmental change. Her work has been published in international journals, catalogues, and edited books. She co-edits the periodical Más allá del fin/Beyond the End for Ensayos, a nomadic research collective engaging in matters related to the political ecology of Tierra el Fuego. She is part of the creative team of Turba Tol Hol Hol Tol, which represented Chile at the 59th International Venice Art Biennale 2022, co-editing its rumors and book, Turba Tol Hol-Hol. She is co-editor of Dismantling the Nation. Contemporary Art in Chile, with Florencia San Martín and Paula Solimano, a book that takes as its point of departure a radical criticism against the nation-state of Chile and its colonial, capitalist, heteronormative, and extractivist rule, proposing otherwise forms of inhabiting, creating, and relating in more fluid, contingent, ecocritical, feminist, and caring worlds.

Carla joined CUNY in 2015, after working as Assistant Professor in Art History at Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia (2010-2014). She received a PhD from Stony Brook University in 2010, and studied Aesthetics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. She is currently Associate Professor in Art History at Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY.


Modern and Contemporary Art, Latin American Art, and Video and Performance Art.


  • Ph.D. Stony Brook University, NY, Art History and Criticism, 2010.
  • M.A. Stony Brook University, NY, Art History and Criticism, 2005.
  • B.A. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, Aesthetics, 2001.

Courses Taught

ART 450 (Final Thesis Lab)

Research and Projects

Current research:

Undoing End of the World narratives/a poethics beyond the end; Networks of solidarity and resistance; Environmental Humanities; Experimental Artistic Education.

Recent research groups:

Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol. Project selected by the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage to represent Chile at the 59th International Venice Biennale, 2022. Peatland protection.

Ensayos. Ensayos is a collective research practice centred on extinction, human geography and coastal health.  Initiated on the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego Ensayos (meaning “inquiries”, “essays” or “rehearsals” in English) first focused solely on the ecopolitical issues impacting the Fuegian archipelago and its inhabitants–past and present, human and more than human.

Pop and Popular Culture in the 1960s in Chile. Directed by Soledad García.

Chile-Cuba Research, Museum of Solidarity (MSSA), Santiago, Chile.


Selected publications

Books (co-edited and co-authored)

2023  Turba Tol Hol-Hol. Carla Macchiavello Cornejo and Camila Marambio (eds). Forthcoming.

2023  Dismantling the Nation: Contemporary Art in Chile. Florencia San Martín, Carla Macchiavello Cornejo, and Paula Solimano (eds.). Amherst University Press, 2023 (available Oct. open access).

2005  La crítica literaria del siglo XX: 50 modelos y su aplicación. Jaime Blume Sánchez, Clemens A. Franken, Carla Macchiavello. Santiago: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2005.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

2021   “Rastros de una pedagogía inconclusa.” CAIANA. Dossier 18: Special Issue on Women, Feminism and Experimental Artistic Education. Web.

2020   “Escrito en la neblina, tejido con el cuerpo: el impulso textil en una instalación de Cecilia Vicuña.” H-ART. Revista de historia, teoría y crítica de arte. Number 6 (2020): 100-129. Web.

2020   “Weaving Forms of Resistance: The Museo de la Solidaridad and the Museo Internacional de la Resistencia Salvador Allende.” Arts. Number 9, Volume 1 (2020). Web.

2017  “Resistir/Existir: el ensamblaje como estrategia de resistencia en las palabrarmas de Cecilia Vicuña”. Meridional. Revista Chilena de Estudios Latinoamericanos. Number 9, Volume 20 (May-October 2017): 55-89. Print and web.

2015  “Caring, Curiosity and Curating Beyond the End,” Seismopolite. Journal of Art and Politics 11. Special Issue, The Politics and Art Scenes of Latin America (II). Summer 2015. Web.

2014  “Appropriating the Improper: The Problem of Influence in Latin American Art,” ARTMargins 3, 2 (June 2014): 31-59. Print.

2011  “The Power of Pink: Performing the Archive in the Works of Ernesto Salmerón,”e-misferica 7.2, After Truth. Web.

2011  “Unlikely Savages,” Oneart Platform for Contemporary Art from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, Issue “Identity,” I-2011,

2011  “Contaminaciones en el arte contemporáneo cosmopolita,” ERRATA 5, Migraciones y Desplazamientos (August, 2011): 42-60. Print.

2009  “A parar el match: política, deporte y arte,” Revista de Estudios Sociales 32 (April, 2009): 146-157. Print.

Book Chapters and Essays published in Edited Books

2023      “Labor the word, spill the sound, unleash the tongue: Cecilia Vicuña’s palabrarmas”. Cecilia Vicuña. Word Weapons. Edited by Jeanne Gerrity and Anthony Huberman (California: Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art and RITE Editions, 2023).

2021      “¡A liberar! En torno a las palabrarmas de Cecilia Vicuña”. Veroír el fracaso iluminado (Madrid: CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo de la Comunidad de Madrid, 2021).

2019   “To liberate! About Cecilia Vicuña’s Palabrarmas,” in Cecilia Vicuña: Seehearing the Enlightened Failure, ed. Miguel López (Rotterdam, Netherlands: Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, 2019), 71-90.

2019  “Red invisible real: entretejiendo video, danza y archivos en torno a Video Trans Americas’ De-briefing Pyramid.” In Cuerpo y Visualidad, ed. Jennifer McColl. Santiago: Metales Pesados, 2019.

2018  “El darwinismo chileno: apropiaciones al sur del sur en el arte chileno de los noventa.” Ensayos sobre artes visuales. Prácticas y discursos de los años ‘70s y ‘80s en Chile, vol. VI, 43-129. Santiago: LOM, 2018.

2016  “Stay at Your Own Risk: Disturbing Ideas of Community in Two Projects by Elkin Calderón.” In Sabotage Art: Politics and Iconoclasm in Contemporary Latin American Art, edited by Sophie Halart and Mara Polgovsky, 168-187. London: I.B. Tauris, 2016.

2016  “A Case of Collective Resistance: Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende.” In A los artistas del mundo/To The Artists of the World. Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende. México/Chile, 70-94.  México: Editorial RM, MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo), 2016.

2015  Sylvia Juliana Suárez and Carla Macchiavello. “Solidarity, Visual Arts, Networks and Revolution: A Brief Chronicle of the Rise and Fall of the Chile-Cuba Meridian in the Context of Latin American Art.” In Redes Intelectuales. Arte y política en América Latina, ed. María Clara Bernal, 523-548. Bogotá: Universidad de los Andes, 2015.

2013  “A Flag is a Weave.” In 40 Años: Museo de la Solidaridad Por Chile. 1971-1973: Fraternidad, Arte y Política, 293-308. Santiago: Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, 2012.

2013 “Solidarity Times: A Conversation with Dore Ashton.” In 40 Años: Museo de la Solidaridad Por Chile. 1971-1973: Fraternidad, Arte y Política, 312-317. Santiago: Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, 2012.

2011  “Vanguardia de Exportación: la originalidad de la avanzada y otros mitos chilenos.” In Ensayos sobre artes visuales. Prácticas y discursos de los años ‘70s y ‘80s en Chile, 85-116. Santiago: LOM Editores, 2011.

Chapters in Online books

2016  “Fibras Resistentes: Sobre el/los/algunos Museos de la Resistencia.” In Museo Internacional de la Resistencia Salvador Allende 1975-1990, 28-72. Santiago: Museo de la Solidaridad, 2016. Online.

2015  “Experimentos en solidaridad y resistencia.” In Fondo del Archivo del Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, 9-17. Santiago: Museo de la Solidaridad, 2015.

Articles and Interviews in Journals and Online Research Projects

2021      “Moving Desire Forward: A Multiplicity of Strings.” Folded Life. Talking Textile Politics. An online research and exhibition project. Johann Jacobs Museum, Zürich, Switzerland. May 2021.

2020      “Becoming (un)educated.” Más allá del fin 3.5 (2020): 39-42.

                  “Editorial.” Más allá del fin 3.5 (2020): 1.

2019    “Brief Notes About Dust, Twirls, and Some Horses.” Discipline 5/Más allá del fin 3 (2019): 117-120.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Cycle 54 PSC-CUNY Research Award. 2023.

Cycle 52 PSC-CUNY Research Award. 2021.

Scholarly Incentive Award, BMCC CUNY, 2020.

Henry Wasser Award for Outstanding Assistant Professors 2018/2019, CUNY.

Book Completion Award, 2019, CUNY.

Clark Summer Fellow. The Clark Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. July 2018.

Cycle 48 PSC-CUNY Research Award. 2017.

Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Cultural y las Artes (FONDART). Director of Project: Museo de la Solidaridad, 40 anos (Museum of Solidarity, 40 Years: Catalogue Raisonne, exhibition, conferences), Santiago, Chile. 2012.

FAPA, Research Grant (2011-2014), Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia.

Fondo concursable de la Direccion de Asuntos Culturales de la Cancilleria de Chile (DIRAC), Travelling Art Exhibition Project “Juan Downey: A traves de sus viajes,” Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 15-July 30 2006; San Jose, Costa Rica, November 30, 2006- January 18, 2007.

17thAnnual Hispanic Heritage Month Academic Award, Stony Brook University, NY. 2007.

Dialogues Across Differences Grant, 2006. Exhibition “Acts of Translation, New Art from Chile,” Stony Brook University.

Dialogues Across Differences Grant, 2006. Exhibition “A Mantra for Peace,” Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University.

Tinker Field Research Grant, LACS (Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center), Stony Brook University, NY. 2004.

Additional Information

to listen to the rumors of Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol:

en español y otras lenguas, los rumores:

in English, the rumors of the peat, of peatlands, and more…:

collected publications:

More on Ensayos: