Leonello is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. He completed his PhD in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick in 2021. His thesis explores the work of experimental Chilean poet Juan Luis Martínez (1942 – 1993). By drawing on Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the assemblage, Leonello analyses Martínez’s conception of the book as an assembled intermedia artwork (i.e. “artists’ book”) and his use of appropriation methods to critique individual authorship, copyrights, as well as Pinochet’s dictatorship. Leonello holds a BA in Spanish Literature and Education from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; a MA in Political Philosophy from the Universidad de Chile and Goethe Universität; and a MA in Music therapy from the Universidad de Chile.
More broadly, Leonello is interested in the political potential of contemporary Latin American art and literature – in particular, visual poetry, performance art, artists’ books, mail art, Conceptual poetry, and digital poetry. Among the poets and visual artists Leonello is interested in are Elvira Hernández, Carlos Soto Román, Gonzalo Millán, Guillermo Deisler, Ulises Carrión, Cecilia Vicuña, Haroldo de Campos, Augusto de Campos, Vicente Huidobro, John Furnival, and Ian Hamilton Finlay. He is also interested in models of critical authorship, such as anonymous, ‘un-original’, and collective authorship.
Keywords: Juan Luis Martínez, Visual Poetry, Concrete Poetry, Artist’s book, Deleuzian-Guattarian Aesthetics, Assemblage Theory, Authorship, Anonymity, Copyrights.