Xavier Nueno is a researcher, editor, and a PhD student in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. His dissertation, preliminarily titled "Atlases of Risk: Geographies of Uncertainty and the Material Culture of Insurance (1982-2010)" studies how the visualization of future threats shapes the process of urbanization of cities.
Between 2015-2018, he coordinated the editorial project “Francesc Abad. A Paper Retrospective”. As part of this endeavor, he authored his first book, Napa(s). Persistir en lo inacabado [napa(s). to persist in the unfinished], which mobilizes the archive of Abad to tell the entangled stories of deindustrialization in former Spanish textile cities, the dematerialization of the art object, and the cultural field that emerged after the Spanish Democratic Transition.
In 2018, he co-founded instituto de investigaciones independientes (iii), a research agency and study platform based in Ciudad de Mexico and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Among other projects at iii, he edits the practice-based research publication, NEWS, and is currently developing transmedia research on the architectural typologies of subtraction, dismantling, unsettling, outsourcing, deregulation, and destruction in contemporary Mexico.
His editorial and research work has been presented, among other spaces, at Centro Nacional Museo de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA) in Mexico City, the Los Angeles Art Book Fair (LAABF), and the Second Orleans Architecture Biennial (France). He has received various grants and awards such as the Graham Foundation Individual Research Award (with Frida Escobedo), the La Caixa Foundation Graduate Fellowship, and Research and Creation Fellowship for the Arts, Thought and New Creative Sectors (Generalitat de Catalunya).