Fiamma Montezemolo

Born 1971 in Rome.

Lives and works in Rome and San Francisco



MFA San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres

Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences at the Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli

Chicanos/as Between Representation and Self Representation (Honor Student).

B.A in Cultural Anthropology, Università di Studi of Rome La Sapienza



Neon afterwords, ASU Museum, Arizona.

Fireflies, Kadist Foundation, Paris.

A Line to Come, Montalvo Arts Center


Solo Exhibition


The secret, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, California


Traces,Magazzino, Rome


Border alchemies, Queen’s Nails Project, San Francisco.


Solo Screenings


Screening Unlived, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art), London

Screening of Echo, Traces, Mudec Milan

Screening of Echo, Traces, Accademia delle Belle Arti di Napoli, Napoli

Screening of Echo, ALA, (Antropologia Latinoamericana), Mexico City


Screening of Echo, MAXXI, Rome;

Screening of Echo, Church of the Epiphany, Los Angeles;

Screening of Echo, COMA (Center for Modern Literature, Materialism and Aesthetics), Santa Barbara

University, California


Screening of Traces, Mexic Art Museum, Austin Texas

Screening of Traces, San Antonio University, Texas

Screening of Traces, Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography, Rome

Screening of Traces, Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana, Mexico


Selected Group Exhibitions and Screenings


Sensibile Comune. Le opere vive, a cura di Ilaria Bussoni, Nicolas Martino, Cesare Pietroiusti

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome


Tecnologia de la Imaginacion, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City

Border disorder, Montalvo Art Center, California

Cinema magic film night, Artist’s screening Fireflies, Dolby Gallery, San Francisco

Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History, Calit2 Gallery, San Diego

The Elephant in the Room, Artist’s Screening of Echo Open School East/Royal College of Arts, London

Cine Sin Fronteras, Artist’s screening of Echo, Los Angeles Latino American Cinematheque, Los Angeles


En La Espera Me Fui y Luego Regrese, Mexican Consulate, Artist’s Screening of Traces, Los Angeles

Cinemigrante International Film Festival, Artists’ screening of Traces, Barcelona


Attunement, Armory Center for the Arts, Los Angeles

Morelia International Film Festival, (Cine sin Frontera), Mexico;

Guantanamo Bay, Brown University, Providence

Love, Montalvo Arts Center, California


Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History Satellite Exhibition, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, UC Berkeley

Evidence: Artistic Responses to the Drug Cartel Wars, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco


Screening of Traces

Cine Migrante, Bogota’

Congreso Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City;

University of Southern California (Cine Sin Fronteras), Los Angeles;

Cinemigrante Film Festival, Buenos Aires;

Montenegro Film Festival (official selection), Montenegro;

Transborder Institute University of San Diego;

University of Rome Film Festival, Italy;

Experiments in Portraiture, Intimacy and Place, Haudenschild Garage, San Diego;

DOCSDF, International Documentary Film Festival, Mexico City (Official Selection: International shortfilm category);

Bordocs, Tijuana (Nortena selection: short film);

Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico (Cine Sin Fronteras);

Cine Acción Brown Bag with Sergio de la Torre, University of San Francisco;

EASA, Paris;

Fonoteca Nacional, Ciudad de México;

New Mexico University, Albuquerque;

Art and geography: aesthetics and practices of spatial knowledge, International interdisciplinary conference, Lyon;

Bern University, Swiss;

Mind, one day event, organized by Stanford University Multimedia Meeting of Arts and Science

Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Twenty-third International, Viridian Artists, New York


Pachanga 2011, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco

Guest-Artist in Proyecto Coyote, MDE11 (Medellin Biennale), Colombia

Medellin-Tijuana, Taller 7, Medellin

The New Wave, Kadist, San Francisco

You Are Here, HERE, New York

Bay Area Currents, ProArt, Oakland

Out of Context, Gallery 454, San Francisco

MFA show, Winery, Treasure Island

Color, Swell Gallery, San Francisco


Borders, Root Division Art Gallery, San Francisco

Sensing Territories, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco

Ethnographic Terminalia, Du Mois Gallery, New Orleans

Reading Performance Workshop (as part of Renee Green’s solo exhibition Endless Dreams & Time-based Streams), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

MFA Exhibition, Rivera Gallery, (work selected and exhibited in Myartspace), San Francisco


Collaborations, collaborative work with Donald Deadelus (work selected and exhibited in Myartspace, November 2009), San Francisco




Selected Award Winning Artist, Dublin Biennale, Dublin

Artist winning VisualFEST2013, (VisualFEST Award and Special Jury Award)




Tijuana dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border, (co-editor with Josh Kun), (prefaced by Iain Chambers), Duke University Press, pp.388


Here is Tijuana, Co-authored with Heriberto Yepez and Rene Peralta, London, Black Dog Publishing, (English and Spanish Editions), Book funded by CECUT (Centro Cultural Tijuana), ICBC (Instituto de Baja California), UABC (Universidad Autonoma de Baja California), InSite05. pp.192.


La Mia Storia Non La Tua. La Dinamica Della Costruzione Dell’identita’ Chicana Tra Etero E Autorappresentazioni (My history not yours! Chicanos/as Identity: between representation and self representation), book funded by Centro Nazionale della Ricerca (CNR), Guerini Editors, Milan, (prefaced by Renato Rosaldo) pp.190.


Senza volto. L’etnicità e il genere nel movimento zapatista (Faceless. Ethnicity and Gender in the Zapatist Movement.) Liguori, Napoli, 201.

Articles/Dialogues – Academic Journals


“Tijuana’s Exceptionalities at the Edge of the Nation”, inAULA, Atrium Press of the University of Houston, Houston, pp.42-53



“Conversando con Nestor Garcia Canclini”, in Alteridades, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, pp. 143-154. Peer reviewed.


“Tijuana: Hybridity and Beyond. A Conversation with Néstor García Canclini” (December 2009, Third Text, n.101 Routledge), pp.733-750. Peer reviewed.


“Talking to Renato Rosaldo”, Fall 2008 (vol. 33, no. 2) Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, UCLA Press, pp.7-37. Peer reviewed.


“Tijuana becoming rather than being. Representando representaciones”, Revista Arxius de Ciencias Socials, no. 14, July, Universidad de Valencia, Spain, pp. 91-110


“Eco fronteriza a Tijuana” in AVATAR (dislocazioni tra antropologia e comunicazione), n.6, December 2005, Meltemi, Rome, pp.66-71.

“Tijuana no es Tijuana”, Asociacion de Antropologia Iberoamericana (AIBR), n. 42, July-August, pp.1-10. Peer reviewed.


“Sprawlfobia in America”, in Gomorra, Architecture and Sociology Journal, Rome, Meltemi Editors. pp.28-33.

“Queer Aztlán”, La Ventana, Guadalajara University, pp.60-94.

“Talking to Renato Rosaldo” in Social Anthropology Journal, Sociology and Politic Sciences Faculty of the Complutense University, Madrid, May, pp.321-345.


“T.J.-S.D.”, in M@gm@ Italian electronic review of Human and Social Sciences.

“Il fascino dell’impuro, povera Tijuana tanto lontana da dio e tanto vicina agli Stati Uniti”

(The Appeal of the Impure, Poor Tijuana, so far from God and so close to the U.S.), Crítica Sociológica Journal, Rome, pp.1-12.

“Non abbiamo attraversato la frontiera, e’ la frontiera che ci ha attraversati” (We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us), Storia, antropologia e scienze del linguaggio, Domograf, Roma, pp.77-103.


“Art as Otherness. Identity between art and ethnicity”, in AVATAR, n.3, May, Rome, Meltemi, pp..7-16.


“Queer self-representation in the Border”, in AVATAR, N.2, Rome, Meltemi, pp.51-56.

“In-Site the Alter/Native border”, in Gomorra, Rome, Meltemi, pp.122-125.

“Ritualscape-Xavantescape-Visualscape”, in AVATAR, n.1, Rome, Meltemi, pp.13-21.


“Attraversando gli affioramenti” (Crossing borders), in Gomorra, n. 5, Rome,Castelvecchi.


“Etnicitá e comunicazione in societá dell’informazione” in Società dell’Informazione, n. 3, anno IV, L’Aquila, pp.38-45

Articles, art catalogues, cultural magazines, others


“Teatralizzando la nazione”, (Performing the Nation) in Liberazione, Italy.


“Bio-cartography of Tijuana’s Cultural-Artistic Scene:the Uterus as Limit and/or Possibility”, in (Situational) Public, edited by O.Sanchez, InSite05 Art Catalogue, Installation Gallery, San Diego, pp.314-317.

“Eco, Narciso y los procesos fronterizos”, in Letras Libres, Mexico City.


“Storie di ferite urbane e corpi aperti ai margini della frontiera”, in IPERCORPO, edited by P.Ruffini, Editorie Spettacoli, Rome, pp.77-86.

“Tj is not Tj: Fragmented Representations at the edge of the border”, Worldview Magazine, perspectives in architecture and urbanism around the globe, League of Architects of New York, June.

“El ciudadano que invento’ la (tercera) Nación”, with Lucía Sanromán, Replicante, no. 3, Mexico D.F.

“TJ is not TJ” , in ‘Tijuana en Zaragoza’ , Zaragoza Latin Festival, Edited by Zona de Obras, Spain, May.


“Trans-frontier dynamics, the wall between Tijuana and San Diego”, México Attacks, Art catalogue, February-April.

“The appeal of the impure”, in Frontera newspaper. Special supplement “114 years of evolution”. Tijuana.


“About the Chicanos: (the) Internal Border” in Latinoamericana, No. 78, January-March, Rome, pp.208-213.


“In front of the Mask”, in Aperture, n. 11, Rome, pp.8-12.


“Metal Border between Tijuana and San Diego” in Gomorra, ed. Castelvecchi, n. 6, May, Roma, pp.38-43.


“Aesthetics of the margin” in Museo Teo, Contemporany Art, Milan.


“Corpi agiti. I teatri dell’impossibile a Volterra” (The use of the body in the theatre of the impossible) in Gomorra, n. 3, Genova, Costa&Nolan

“Tribu high tech” (High tech tribe), in “D/donna”, supplement of La Repubblica, No. 122.


“E Ana disse: Io esisto. Storie di indie guerrigliere” (And Ana said: I exist. Life stories of revolutionary indigenous women), in Avvenimenti No. IX,Rome.


“Marcos e i suoi fratelli. Diario dal Chiapas” (Marcos and his brothers. Diary of Chiapas), in Avvenimenti, No. VIII, Rome.

Writing on the artist


Vogue Italia, by Riccardo Conti

Daily Serving by Leila Easa

Toward a conceptual militancy, by Mike Watson, chapter 2, Zero Books, 2016

Mutatin Produrcers: Tijuana’s Border Art Laboratory, by H. Yepez in “ Terremoto” Arte Contemporaneo en las Americas’, Issue 5

The Incurable-Image: Curating Post-Mexican Film and Media Arts, by T. Elhaik, Edinburgh Press


“Zero Squared #41: Echo” by Douglas Lain, Zero Books Blog, October 21, 2015

“Fiamma Montezemolo, Traces,” Mike Watson, Art Review, October 2015

“All that remains,” by Emi Fontana

“Il bambino e l’acqua sporca,” Sabrina Ragucci, Alfabeta June 26, 2015

“Le costellazioni della Montezemolo, ” La Repubblica

“Fiamma Montezemolo, Fra antropologia e arti visive,” Lorenzo Taiuti Art Tribune July 2015

Il Manifesto, L’esistenza Del Futuro Sul Bordo Tra Messico E USA


Border Alchemies, Queen’s Nails Project, San Francisco: SOLO Exhibition


MDE11 (Encuentro Internacional de Medellin, Colombia): Independent Curators International, Lucia Sanroman


Ethnographic Terminalia, New Orleans, (American Anthropology Association) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

Giulia Grechi, Interartive: a platform for contemporar art and thought:’Mi-lieus. El juego de la profanacion’

Giulia Grechi, Arte e politica, Mi-lieus. Il gioco della profanazione, Roots-Routes Research on Visual Culture




Echo, 38 minutes


Traces, USA-Mexico, 20 minutes (Award-winning video and ‘Special Jury award’ University of Rome 2013)


Uomini senza Volto, Storie dalla rivolta zapatista, In collaboration with Massimo Tennenini, Ediz.GRA, Roma. (Award-winning Documentary/Visual Anthropology, Premio Pitre’), 30 minutes

Academic offices, awards and honors


Traces award winning film at the VIDEOFEST and Special Jury Prize, University of Rome 3


San Francisco Art Institute Graduate grant


San Francisco Art Institute Graduate grant


Transart grant (book project:Re-assembling Tijuana)


Advisor for Contemporary Art Museum in Tijuana


Sistema Nacional Investigadores (SNI).


Advisor for undergraduate students Woodbury University.


Theses advisor for graduate students Colegio de la Frontera Norte.


Member of Evaluation Commission (Comisión Evaluadora) of the Cultural Studies Department Colegio de la Frontera Norte.


Member of the Commission for Cultural Development Cultural Institute Baja California.


Advisor for Philosophisce Fakultat, University of Potsdam and University Libre of Berlin 2003-05        Advisor for InSite05 Artist Projects on the Border zone.


CNR grant, (National Research Center), Italy, (“Border Project”).


“Premio nazionale di Antropologia Pitré” (National Visual Anthropology Price) for the video ‘Uomini senza volto. Storie dalla rivolta zapatista’.


Professional symposiums, public lectures, artist talks, and conferences


Artist talk, Mudec, Milan, Italy


Installing Ethnography, Latinoamerican Anthropology Conference, Mexico City

UNIDEE, Pistoletto Foundation, Biella

Poetics and Politics, a Documentary Research Symposium, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

The Making of an Echo, Getty Research Institute Los Angeles

Cannibal Border, co-authored public presentation with Rene’ Peralta, Art Center, Pasadena


Art and Society, keynote speaker for Common Ground, La Sapienza University, Rome

Artist talk: Concordia University, Montreal

Installing Ethnography, UC Davis

Border/Line Ethnography, UT Austin, Anthropology Department, Austin


Arts With(out) Borders: Rethinking Methodologies of Art and Culture in the Global Context, Bern

University, Swiss

‘Affective Constellations’, Unauthorized Narratives & ‘Other’ Stories in Medicine, An Interdisciplinary

Symposiumin the Medical Humanities, UC Davis

Metodologias fronterizas: entre arte y etnografia, presentation Universidad de la Baja California,

Tijuana, Mexico


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.

Border Affects: for an Anthropology of the Trace, Symposium Coloquios las Fronteras del Mundo y

Procesos Culturales, Fonoteca Nacional, Mexico DF

The NEWMEXICO, 3rd AULA Latin American Architecture Symposium , Albuquerque University, NM

Installing Turbulent Ethnographies, EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists), Paris,

Nanterre University, France.

Border Alchemies, Global Health Cluster Meeting, Davis University (Anthropology Department)

Political Equator3, Border Conference organized by Teddy Cruz (UCSD, Visual Arts Department).

SFMOMA Public conversation on the Riot Show, Open Space, curated by Julian Myers and Joanna



The Artist and the Anthropologist, American Anthropologist Association meeting, New Orleans.


Xavantes Mediations: Between Collaborative Ethnography & Self-

Representation, Indigenous Media, Visible Evidence, XVI conference, USC, Los Angeles, CA (August 14th).

Border Mediations: the Making of ‘Here is Tijuana’, Farmlab, Conversations series, Los Angeles

The Alter/Native Border at the crossroad between Ethnography, Visual Culture and Exoticism, Public Lecture University of San Francisco.


Border-line Ethnography, public lecture, Rice University, Anthropology Department., Houston


De-mapping Tijuana, public lecture, Rice University, Hispanic Studies Department, Houston


Speaker in the Visual Anthropology Seminar, organized by Cultura Cuadro, UABC (Universidad de Baja California)-CECUT (Centro Cultural de Tijuana), May.


Speaker at the discussion table L’orrore di tutto il pronunciabile (The horror of all that is pronounceable), presented during the event “Dall’inferno. Accademia degli artefatti”, on December 9th at Teatro Vascello, Rome.

Border: Conversations, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Theater, November 26th, , Tijuana.

Speaker in “The border through art”, 2nd Cultural Studies Seminar, organized by the Cultural Studies Center-Museum of UABC, Mexicali, October 15th.

Co-organizer of the Permanent Seminar on ‘Culture’ of the Cultural Studies Department at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana. Co-organizer of the Permanent Seminar “Frontiers and Cultural Production” of the Cultural Studies Department in El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana.


Exhibition of digital images accompanied by justification. May 2003, theme: “Tijuana-San Diego”. Project: art and frontiers. National Convention, Jack Dodge Building, San Diego, USA.

Moderator at the discussion table presented at the closing exhibition of architecture “OTRA/ANOTHER” in the Institute of Culture in Baja California, Tijuana, June 26.

Participation in International Architects Association like anthropologist-artist, “Tijuana – San Diego”.


Speaker at Galaxia Guttenberg: Book Fair, on conference about the Chiapas Conflict


Speaker at Conference about the Communication, Use and Cultural Change Between Xavantes of Brasil, in The Colegio de la Frontera Norte.


Native women in Chiapas – paper presented in the International Symposium of Communication, Culture and Politics in Latin America, University of San Paolo, ECA/USP, Brazil.

Academic appointments


UC Davis Associate Professor, Cinema & Digital Media, California

2011- 2015

Adjunct Professor California College of the Arts, San Francisco

2012-2013 Lecturer UC Berkeley University, Art Practice Department


Visiting Scholar, University of California Los Angeles, Institute of American Cultures, Program in Ethnic Studies.


Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Mexico (investigadora categoria C tenured).


Assistant Professor Colegio de la Frontera Norte (investigadora categoria C non-tenured).


Adjunct Professor of ‘Urban Anthropology’ at School of Architecture and Design Woodbury University, San Diego.


Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University.


Visiting Scholar (six months) at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana.