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Born in Rome, Fiamma Montezemolo is both a Cultural Anthropologist (PhD University Orientale of Naples) and an artist (MFA San Francisco Art Institute). She has thought for many years in Mexico (Colegio de la Frontera Norte), Italy (La Sapienza University), and USA (UC Berkeley, Rice University, Woodbury) and she is currently teaching at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. As an established scholar in border and urban studies, she has patiently designed rigorous and long-term ethnographic-artistic interventions at the Tijuana-San Diego border. As an artist she situates her work as a critical extension and overcoming of the ethnographic turn in contemporary art. In addition to ethnography, a research method she also considers an emerging medium for art practices, she works with various media, including installation, cartography, video, digital photography, industrial materials, performance, archival documents. Her art practice straddles various disciplines, sensibilities and methodologies, including art, cultural and social anthropology, cultural geography, visual studies. Among her most recent exhibitions, performances and screenings are:

2014 Love, Montalvo Arts Center, California
2013 Experiments in Portraiture, Intimacy and Place, HaudenschildGarage, San Diego
2013 Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History Satellite Exhibition, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, UC Berkeley
2013 Evidence: Artistic Responses to the Drug Cartel Wars, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco
2013 Art and geography: aesthetics and practices of spatial knowledge, International interdisciplinary conference/exhibition, University of Lyon (France)
2012-2013 Film screening Traces:
VisualFEST2013, (VisualFEST Award and Special Jury Award), University of Rome, Italy; DOCSDF, International Documentary Film Festival, Mexico City (Official Selection: International short film category); Bordocs, Tijuana (norteño selection: short film); Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico (Cine Sin Fronteras); Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography, Rome; University of San Francisco; EASA, Paris; Fonoteca Nacional, Ciudad de México; New Mexico University, Albuquerque; Bern University, Swiss; University of Baja California, Tijuana
2012 Mind, one day event, organized by Stanford University Multimedia Meeting of Arts and Science
2012 Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
2012 Twenty-third International Juried Exhibition, Viridian Artists (juried by Chrissie Iles, Curator at the Whitney Museum, NYC), New York
2012 Selected Award Winning Artist Dublin Biennale, Dublin
2012 Border Alchemies, Queen’s Nails Project, San Francisco: SOLO Exhibition
2011 Pachanga 2011, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco
2011 Guest-Artist in Proyecto Coyote, MDE11 (Medellin Biennale), Colombia 2011 Medellin-Tijuana, Taller 7, Medellin
2011 SICA Annual Juried Exhibition, New Jersey
2011 The New Wave, Kadist, San Francisco
2011 You Are Here, HERE, New York
2011 Bay Area Currents, ProArt, Oakland
2011 Out of Context, Gallery 454, San Francisco
2011 MFA show, Winery, Treasure Island
2010 Borders, Root Division Art Gallery, San Francisco
2010 Sensing Territories, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco
2010 Ethnographic Terminalia, Du Mois Gallery, New Orleans
2010 Reading Performance Workshop (as part of Renee Green’s solo exhibition
Endless Dreams & Time-based Streams), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Her work “Fireflies” is part of the Kadist Foundation Art collection (Paris-San Francisco).

She recently participated in the event: Arts With(out) Borders: Rethinking Methodologies of Art and Culture in the Global Context, Bern University, Swiss; ‘Traces: Between Art and Anthropology’: paper presented as part of the European Conference/Exhibition People Behind the Things, kino speaker: Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Pigorini, Rome, curated by Routes Agency in collaboration with the Musée royal de l’Afrique centrale of Tervuren (Brussels), the Musée du quai Branly (Paris), the Museum für Völkerkunde of Vienna; in the symposium ‘Las Fronteras del Mundo y Procesos Culturales. Estados Nacionales y Fronteras Culturales,’ Fonoteca Nacional, Mexico City; in the EASA conference (European Association of Social Anthropologists), ‘Anxious Visions and Uncertain Images’, Nanterre University, France; in the NEW MEXICO, 3rd AULA Latin American Architecture Symposium , Albuquerque University, NM; in the Political Equator 3 conference (San Diego-Tijuana, 2011). She contributed a conceptual map of Tijuana for the 2005 edition of the bi-national, public art event InSite05, co-authored the internationally acclaimed book ‘Here is Tijuana’ (Black Dog Publishing, London, 2006). She has numerous national and international publications with Third Text (Routledge), Aztlán: Journal of Chicano Studies (UCLA), Revista de Antropología Social (Madrid University), Alteridades (Revista de la UAM, Mexico), Letras Libres, La Ventana (Unversidad de Guadalajara, Mexico), Avatar: Journal of Anthropology and Communication (Meltemi, Italy). She realized a video on the Zapatista Movement called "Faceless: Zapatista video diaries". She held several academic appointments: Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (2008-2009), Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Cultural Studies at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico, (2003-2009), Visiting Scholar in the department of Anthropology at Stanford University (2002). Her co-edited book with Josh Kun Tijuana dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border has just been released by the Duke Press University (2012).

Adjunct Professor, Critical Studies
Adjunct Professor, Diversity Studies

MFA, San Francisco Art Institute; PhD, Orientale University of Naples