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Emiliano Valdés (Guatemala, 1980) is Chief Curator at the Medellin Museum of Modern Art. Until recently, he was Associate Curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale (South Korea) and Co-Director of Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala), a multifaceted platform for experimentation in contemporary art based in Guatemala City. Prior to that, he was the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Curatorial Fellow at dOCUMENTA(13) and Curator/Head of Visual Arts at the Centro Cultural de España en Guatemala. Valdés has also worked for institutions such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, (Madrid), and Contemporary Magazines, (London). He holds a Degree in Architecture from the IUAV University in Venice Italy and a Master’s Degree in Hispanic Studies from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Spain and Fundación Duques de Soria. Valdés has written for ArtNexus, The Exhibitionist, Arte al Día, and FlashArt, amongst other international publications as well as for artist catalogs and specialized books. He is currently working on an exhibition that traces the emergence of contemporary art practices in Guatemala from 1960 - present as part of the Getty’s PST: LA/LA initiative to open in September 2017.
As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective—an itinerant public discussion series featuring national and international curators—Emiliano Valdés, Chief Curator of the Medellín Museum of Modern Art (MAMM), will speak about the goals and vision of this institution.read more »