ana-maria-battistozziAna María Battistozzi

Member of the Selection Committee at Main Section
Member of the Consulting Committee of Cabinet

Art critic and independent curator. She is has a degree in Arts from the University of Buenos Aires where she did her post-graduate studies in art theory and criticism.
Professor of the Seminary Art Criticism in the career of Art at the University of Palermo and for Curatorial Practices in the Practice Guidance directed at the same university.
Between 2000 and 2006 she was curator at Espacio Casa de la Cultura and directed the festival of contemporary art Estudio Abierto that took place in different areas of the City of Buenos Aires. As art critic for the newspaper Clarín in Buenos Aires, Ñ magazine and contributor to various media of Spain and Latin America, she has dealt with major international art platforms since 1994.

Orly BenzacarOrly Benzacar

Member of the Selection Committee at Main Section

Orly Benzacar was born in Buenos Aires in 1956. She graduate in Biological Sciences, and area in which she worked as a researcher until 1990. Thereafter, she became a co-director of the gallery founded by her mother, Ruth Benzacar, in 1965. In the year 2000, on the sudden death of her mother, she took over as the gallery’s director. Since then, she has strengthened its already strong commitment to argentine contemporary art by participating in international fairs such as Art Basel Miami, Art Basel Basilea, MACO México, ArtBo Bogotá, ARCO Madrid as well as, locally, in arteBA. For ten years (2002-2012), she has held the “Curriculum cero” contest, an important spot for many artists of a new generation, now internationally established. In 2009, Mora Bacal, her daughter, join the gallery renewing and continuing this rich history of female gallerists.
Today, as president of Meridiano –Argentine Chamber of Galleries– she is strongly committed to continue exceeding the limits.

Eduardo BrandãoEduardo Brandão

Member of the Selection Committee at Main Section

He studied photography at Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA, USA. From 1991 throught 2004, he worked as photo editor at the magazine department at the biggest circulating daily newspaper in Brazil, Folha de S.Paulo. From 1985 and onwards, Brandão has worked as professor of photography at the Fine Arts Department of the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) in São Paulo.
As an independent curator, Brandão was responsible for the curatorship of the Iconógrafos (1991), at MAM (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo); Horizonte Reflexivo (1998), Centro Cultural Light, São Paulo; Sob Medida (1999), Espaço Porto Seguro de Fotografia; Imagética (2003), MUMA (Museu Metropolitano de Arte de Curitiba); Histórias de mapas, piratas e tesouros (2010), Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; Marcados Para… – Claudia Andujar, Centro da Cultura Judaica, São Paulo (2011), among others.
Brandão has been the co-owner of Galeria Vermelho, in São Paulo since 2002 and currently holds a chair on the Board of Directors of MAM São Paulo.

Patrick CharpenelPatrick Charpenel

Miembro del comité consultor de Cabinet

Patrick Charpenel (Guadalajara, Mexico, 1967) lives and works in Mexico City. Trained in philosophy, Charpenel has been intensely active as a curator and collector, emphasizing the paradoxes and ambiguities of the contemporary world. He has presented an important number of exhibitions in various forums in and beyond Mexico, such as: Gabriel Orozco (Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City); Paseos/Walks by the artist Francis Alÿs (Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City); Franz West (Museo Tamayo, Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City); Inter play (Moore Space, Miami). He has also published critical texts in specialized journals. His collection comprises a group of heterogeneous works, yet it follows certain lines of investigation: the phenomenon of telematics, the structure of the global economy, and the extension of artistic experience to the social environment.
For three years and up until 2015 he was the director of the Colección/Fundación JUMEX. Today is co-curator of Estancia FEMSA Casa Barragán program and co-founder and director of Ediciones MP. He is also director of Museo del Barrio, New York, United States.

Sabine SchmidtSabine Schmidt

Member of the Selection Committee at Main Section

Sabine Schmidt comes from a family that founded and owned a German metal construction company, named after her grandfather Paul Schmidt: PSM (Paul Schmidt Machineries). After studying Art History and Anthropology in 1993-2000 in Marburg, close to Frankfurt, she worked from 2000 till 2007 in several galleries in Berlin, such as Christian Nagel, Gerhardsen Gerner or Büro Friedrich, as well as the Museum ‘House of World Cultures’. Sabine Schmidt also ran the very successful project space KORRIDOR in her apartment in Berlin, founding her own gallery, PSM, in 2008. The program of the gallery focuses on conceptually and art historically oriented positions, and has both emerging and early career artists. PSM’s artists have been visible at the Venice Biennial, Performa in NY, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and several national and international institutions and galleries.

santiago-villanuevaSantiago Villanueva

Member of the Curatorial Team of Barrio Joven

Santiago Villanueva was born in 1990 in Azul, Argentina. He is in charge of the expanded influence area at Nuevo Museo Energía de Arte Contemporáneo and he was curator of Bellos Jueves program in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires. He is pedagogic curator at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, editor of Tradición magazine and he is part of the editorial team of Mancilla magazine. He is professor of Curatorial Studies at Universidad Nacional de las Artes (Argentina).

miguel-lopezMiguel A. López

Member of the Curatorial Team of Barrio Joven

Miguel A. López is a writer, researcher and curator in chief of TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica. His essays have been published in magazines such as Afterall, e-flux journal, Art Journal, ramona, Journal of Visual Culture, and others. He published Robar la historia. Contrarrelatos y prácticas artísticas de oposición (Metales Pesados, 2017) and co-published Agítese antes de usar. Desplazamientos educativos, sociales y artísticos en América Latina (with Renata Cervetto, MALBA and TEOR/éTica, 2016).Outstanding among his recent exhibitions are Frágiles [Fragile Things:]. Patricia Belli. Obras [Works] 1986-2015 at TEOR/éTica, in San José (2016); Teresa Burga. Estructuras de Aires [Structures of Airs] at MALBA, Buenos Aires (co-curated with Agustín Pérez Rubio, 2015); the section Dios es marica [God Is a Fag], for the 31st Bienal de São Paulo (2014); and Perder la forma humana. Una imagen sísmica de los años 80 en América Latina [Losing Human Form: A Seismic Image of the Latin American ‘80s], in collaboration with the Red Conceptualismos del Sur [Southern Conceptualisms Network], Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2012). He is the co-founder of Bisagra, an independent visual arts space opened in Lima functioning since 2014.