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Paulina Ascencio Fuentes is a researcher and curator from Mexico. She has a background in Philosophy and Social Sciences, and holds a MA in Curatorial Studies from CCS, Bard College, New York. She is currently the Hevey-Filling Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.


Her research outlines transdisciplinary modes of knowledge production and transmission, analyzes cultural exchanges between Mexico and the United States, and approaches museums, archives, and collections as contact zones. 

Recent & Upcoming

 MA Thesis 

Uxmal-on-Hudson. Migrant Mutants and Fake Ruins

Exhibition: An adaptation of a historic-site museum

Hessel Museum, CCS Bard, NY

Spring 2021


Paricutín: An Archive like Lapilli. A Decolonial Outline of the

Volcanic Sublime Across Smithsonian Institution Collections

Hevey-Filling Fellow in Anthropology

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Fall 2021


Cannupa Hanska Luger – Future Ancestral Technologies

EMPAC - Experimental Media and Performance Arts Center, NY

Fall 2021


Notes on Anarchaelogy

Ramapo Curatorial Prize, CCS Bard

Fall 2022

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