Project Description

Xaiver Nueno

Portrait of Xavier Nueno

FSC-Harvard Fellow 2019-20

Xavier Nueno is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.

His practice-based research is committed to reading the material records of the present. Often working in collaboration with artists, architects, scientists, and scholars, he has started shooting and producing his own films. During his FSC fellowship, he will be working on An Atlas of Contemporary Mexican Ruins a series of five short videos (10mn) co-directed with Mexican filmmaker Yollotl Alvarado and shot in Ciudad de Mexico, Chilpancingo, Mexicali, Zacatecas and Sonora (Mexico).

Between 2015-2018, he co-directed the paper retrospective of Catalan artist Francesc Abad. As part of this retrospective, he authored his first book, Napa(s). Persistir en lo inacabado [Napa(s). To Persist in the Unfinished], published by Archivo Lafuente and Ediciones La Bahía, which mobilizes the archive of Catalan artist Francesc Abad to tell the entangled stories of deindustrialization in former Spanish textile cities, the dematerialization of the art object, and the cultural field that emerged after the Spanish Democratic Transition.

In 2018, he co-founded instituto de investigaciones independientes (iii), a research agency and study platform based in Ciudad de Mexico and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Among other projects at iii, he edits a practice-based research publication, NEWS, and is currently collaborating on a transmedia research on the architectural typologies of subtraction, dismantling, unsettling, outsourcing, deregulation, and destruction in contemporary Mexico.

His books and other research projects have been presented, among other spaces, at Centro Nacional Museo de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA) in Mexico City, and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).