Blondet-2018José Luis Blondet

Solo Show Curator

José Luis Blondet is curator of special projects at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) where he has organized exhibitions such as: Maria Nordman: FILM-ROOM Smoke, 1967- Present (2011); Compass for Surveyors (2013), Various Small Fires (Working Documents) (2015); Liz Glynn: The Myth of Singularity (2016), and co-curator of Una Historia Universal de la Infamia (2017), part of PST: LA/LA. Blondet curates and programs performance projects for LACMA with artists such as Emily Mast, Rachel Mason, Asher Hartman, Oscar Santillan, Juan José Gurrola, among others.
As independent curator he did several exhibitions: Nosografia [sic] Contemporánea (2016) for CAPC-Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France, and Chalk Circles (2017) for REDCAT in Los Angeles, with Ruth Estévez.
Nowadays, Blondet is one of the three curators of Site Santa Fe (Siteline 2018) in New Mexico.

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.

Santiago-Garcia-NavarroSantiago García Navarro

Member of the Curatorial Team of Isla de Ediciones

Santiago García Navarro is a writer and curator. We worked in experimental writing projects with Carla Zaccagnini (with whom he did the exhibition I’m also stepping on wet sand, 68 Art Institute, Copenhagen, 2017), Dora García, Mandla Reuter, Matías Duville and Adrián Villar Rojas, among others. He has a Literature PhD in PUC, Rio de Janeiro. Lately he curated: Nacho Iasparra. Transparencia imposible de una dicha flotante, FOLA, Buenos Aires, 2017; Dudu Quintanilha. Fantasía casi soneto después de una lectura de (dance), UTDT, Performance Biennial, Buenos Aires, 2017; Sol Pipkin. El paso incierto, SlyZmud, Buenos Aires, 2016; Trust in Fiction, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, 2016 (together with Elfi Turpin); Mónica Giron. Ejercicios con el modelo terrestre, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, 2015 (with Valeria Balut); and Matías Duville. Mutações, MAM, Rio de Janeiro, 2015. He is professor of the Art Program at UTDT.

Nancy-RojasNancy Rojas

Member of the Curatorial Team of Isla de Ediciones

Curator and essayist born in Rosario, Argentina. She published essays in editorial houses in Argentina and Spain.
Her recent curatorial projects include: La hipótesis del masturbador imbécil, Laprida 627, Rosario (2017), La noche no es más que un accidente, by Teresa Giarcovich, Piedras, Buenos Aires (2017), Leopardos sueltos, Fundación Klemm, Buenos Aires (2016), Ten cuidado, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (2015) y Linda Bler y otras obras insoladas, by Mauro Guzmán, La Fresh Gallery, Madrid (2014).
She is professor or Art History and Contemporary Languages at Escuela Manuel Musto. She worked in the Acquisition Program of Contemporary Art at Museo Castagnino+macro (2004-2011) where she also was Curator at large (2012-2013). She won the José León Pagano Award from the Asociación Argentina de Críticos de Arte for the exhibit Amores posibles, Zavaleta Lab gallery, Buenos Aires (2006).

Magali-ArriolaMagalí Arriola

U-TURN Project Rooms Curator

Magalí Arriola is an art critic and independent curator. Between 2011 and 2014, she was curator at Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, where she did exhibitions with artists such as James Lee Byars (co-curated with Peter Eleey and co-produced with MoMA-PS1), Guy de Cointet and Danh Vo, and group exhibitions with art Works from the Jumex collection. Between 2009 and 2011, she was chief curator at Museo Tamayo where she curated exhibitions and projects of Roman Ondák, Joachim Koester, Claire Fontaine, Adriá Julia and Julio Morales. Among her independent projects we can mention El dulce olor a quemado de la historia – 8th Biennial of Panamá (2008); Prophets of Deceit (Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, 2006); What once passed for a future, or The landscapes of the living dead (Art2102, Los Angeles, 2005); Cómo aprender a amar la bomba y dejar de preocuparse por ella (CANAIA, Mexico City / Central de Arte at WTC, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2003-2004); Coartadas (Mexican Cultural Institute, Paris /Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2002). From 1998 to 2001 she was chief curator at Museo Carrillo Gil at Mexico City, and guest curator at Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco in 2006. Arriola writes for books and art catalogs and has collaborated for magazines such as Frieze, Artforum, Mousse, Manifesta Journal, Afterall and The Exhibitionist, among others.

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.