Alejandra Labastida is currently the Associate Curator at MUAC (University Museum of Contemporary Art) in Mexico City, where she has worked in the Curatorial Department since 2008. In 2012, she was the winner of the Akbank Sanat International Curatorial Competition. Her recent curatorial projects include The Life of Others. Repetition and Survival, Petit mal, Ergo materia, Arte Povera, For the love of dissent, and A partir de mañana, todo. She was the Assistant Curator of the Mexican Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), and has authored numerous publications on contemporary art. Labastida is currently pursuing a Master’s in Art History with a specialization in curatorial studies at UNAM (Universidad Autónoma de Mexico).
Gürsoy Doğtaş is a freelance curator and author. He was a PhD candidate in the transdisciplinary post-graduate program Assemblies and Participation: Urban Publics and Performance at the HafenCity University in Hamburg, Germany (2012-14). He attended with his dissertation topic Agonistic exhibition strategies of a hegemonic exhibition complex: About the politics of the 13th Istanbul and the 7th Berlin Biennial, included at several symposiums such as: When exhibitions become politics. History and political strategies of exhibiting, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena/Germany (2014) and Turkey Studies in Germany III - Turkey in the field of collectivism and diversity, University of Hamburg (2014). From 2010-12, Doğtaş was part of the Kunstraum München, an art association focusing on political and conceptual art, where he organized an alternative academy called “Forms of Informal Research” (2011), and curated the first solo exhibition of Palestinian-Jordanian artist Oraib Toukan’s work, entitled Splice (2012). He writes for art magazines such as Texte zur Kunst, Frieze d/e, and Contemporary And. From 2007-2013 Doğtaş edited Matt Magazine, an artist-zine focusing on the tradition of conceptual art engaging with social and political action. The discursive themes of the magazine’s different issues are expanded by forms such as presentations, exhibitions, symposiums, and alternative academies including Kunstverein/Munich/2011, BAS/Istanbul/2010, Basso/Berlin/2008, Jan van Eyck Academie/Maastricht/2009, or Les Complices/Zurich/2007.
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