Jose Londono

Cohort 2020

Biography

Jose Alejandro Londono is a PhD student in Hispanic Studies. He obtained a B.A in Literature at Universidad de los Andes, Bogota. He wrote for newspapers, interviewed writers, and he worked as a tour guide. Visiting lagoons, water reservoirs, he became interested in the politics and histories of water and energy. Later he did a M.A in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures at Western University, Canada. He wrote on Arguedas, hydroelectric power and malaria in Chimbote. Currently, at Emory, he explores Latin American aesthetics shaped in connection with water: rivers, lakes (artificial and not), agricultural regimes, urban waterscaping, ports, and mega-dams. He is interested in the works of artists such as Carolina Caycedo, Tony Capellán and Joiry Minaya, as they speak about spatial racism, accumulation by dispossession, neocolonialism and environmental injustice around liquid ecologies.  In his spare time, however, he is curious, and thinks of cartography in the Colonial times, science and visual cultures in the XIX century, Marxism, anarchist social theory, film theory, and feminist activism all around the world.