Natalia Brizuela

Natalia Brizuela is Associate Professor of Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese at UC, Berkeley. Her work focuses on photography, film and contemporary art, critical theory, and aesthetics. She is the author of two photography books, Fotografia e Imperio. Paisagens para um Brasil Moderno (2012), and Depois da fotografia. Uma literatura fora de si (2014), and the co-author of two books that accompany exhibitions she curated, The Matter of Photography in the Americas (2018) and Photography at Its Limits (2019). She has co-edited, among others, a special issue of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (2015) on Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola. She is the co-editor of the book series “Critical South” (Polity Books), which commissions and translates into English books of theory from the Global South.


Incommensurability and Untranslatability

The move to diversify art historical narratives is often accompanied by a search for commonalities. Instead addressing a need to acknowledge radical difference and untranslatability, each presenter in this panel approached the question of the incommensurable, interrogating tensions between a global approach and site-specific study.