I am an anthropologist, filmmaker, and curator who explores the politics and poetics of everyday life. The questions animating my work include: How do people create a world for themselves after violent conflicts and environmental destruction? What stories do they tell? And how can I, as a social anthropologist, articulate aspects of human and other-than-human experiences beyond language? I have explored such questions through ethnographic fieldwork in Venezuela (2006), the UK (2009), Peru (2010–2015 and 2016–2019), and more recently in Ecuador (2020–).
One of my ambitions is to find and develop new ways of engaging with my research partners through experience-led approaches. I use observational, participatory, collaborative, and co-creative methods to produce (moving) images and sounds that enable me to explore the complex dynamics and social relationships that make up notions of contemporary societies in Latin America. My research is situated in the fields of post-violence memory, identity, political subjectivities, and emerging forms of global citizenship.
I have a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology with visual media and an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester; I completed a degree in Latin American Studies and a Mag.a in Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna. After five magnificent years of working as a lecturer at the University of Bern and as a tutor and project adviser at Filmmaking for Fieldwork (Manchester School of Media), I am now an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam.