Sabrina Carletti’s research interests range across European, North American, and Latin American art since the 19th century, with a focus on Argentinean cultural history, the history of modernisms, and theories of sociability, games, systems of notation, art and pedagogy, psychoanalysis, reading and writing practices, media and global exchange.
Sabrina holds an M.A. in the history of modern and contemporary art from Princeton University. She also holds a B.A in the history of art from the University of California at Berkeley. Her thesis, “The Poetics of Morita Shiryu’s Calligraphies,” examines the role of traditional writing practices as a site for the construction of Japanese modernism in relation to pedagogical practices in post-war Japan. Previously, she directed the puppet theater at the Centro Cultural Municipal Arturo Jauretche in Puerto San Martín, Argentina (1993–99).
Sabrina is at work on her dissertation, “Xul Solar and the Formation of the Argentinean Avant-Garde: Sociability, Tactility, Language, and the Revision of the Depicted Body,” an interdisciplinary examination of the visual arts, literature, and theories of socialization in Argentinean modernism during the early 20th century. Focusing on major works Xul Solar (1887–1963) produced from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s, and emphasizing the significance of the early critical reception of his work and contemporaneous literary, philosophical, political, and sociological writings by figures such as Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) and Carlos Astrada (1894–1970), her study reevaluates Xul’s work within the historically specific context of Argentinean modernity. In particular, it identifies the significance of and motivations for Xul’s engagement with technological and pedagogical innovations through which new models of reading and writing emerged. It claims that his radical revision of language and the human figure and his exploration of inter-medial practices constitute a crucial site for thinking the complex cultural transactions between Argentina and Europe during the early 20th century.