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Direlia Lazo (b. La Habana, 1984) is an art historian from Universidad de la Habana. She participated in the de Appel Curatorial Programme between 2009 and 2010. She has been assistant curator at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, La Habana where she worked on research during the X Bienal de La Habana. She worked as coordinator of the pedagogical project Cátedra Arte de Conducta, founded and directed by artist Tania Bruguera. In 2009 she was awarded the Ineditos 09 prize for the project Just around the corner which was presented that same year at La Casa Encendida, Madrid. Selected curatorial projects include: Cero. Young Cuban Artists, Convento San Francisco de Asís, La Habana (2007); I’m not here. An exhibition without Francis Alÿs, de Appel arts centre, Ámsterdam (2010); Somewhere Else, NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona (2011). She collaborated as an assistant during the exhibition Marcel Broodthaers. L’espace de l’écriture curated by Gloria Moure for the MAMbo, Bologna. Since March 2013 she has been curating a series of exhibitions titled The Story Behind at NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona with the participation of artists such as: Lisa Oppenheim, Haris Epaminonda, Tris Vonna-Mitchell, Tatiana Mesa, Francesco Arena, Christopher Knowles, Remco Torenbosch and Andrea Büttner, among others. She is currently working on an exhibition of Roman Ondàk taking place at the Times Museum in Guangzhou, China in May 2015, and she has been invited to curate the Swab Solo section during the next edition of the contemporary art fair Swab Barcelona. She contributes texts regularly for catalogs and magazines on Cuban and Latin American art.
This June, ICI, in collaboration with Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, will present a Curatorial Intensive in Mexico City––the third program conducted entirely in Spanish.read more »