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Marina Reyes Franco
Marina Reyes Franco (b. San Juan, 1984) is an art historian and independent curator living and thinking in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She co-founded La Ene, a museum as critical project which has become mobile after 8 years based in Buenos Aires. Some recent projects include “Watch your step / Mind your head” at ifa Galerie-Berlin; The 2nd Grand Tropical Biennial, co-curated with Pablo León de la Barra, Stefan Benchoam and Radamés “Juni” Figueroa (2016), “A Summer in Puerta de Tierra,” an exhibition and day outing in a San Juan neighborhood in response to the policies of population displacement and tourism focus in the area (2015); “Calibán,” a selection of Puerto Rican contemporary artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan (2014) and “Sucursal,” an exhibition of the collection of La Ene, at the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires, co-curated with Gala Berger, Sofía Dourron and Santiago Villanueva (2014), as well as numerous exhibitions at La Ene while she was director. Research interests include the work of Esteban Valdés, artistic and literary manifestations on the frontier of political action, new museology, and the impact of tourism in cultural production. She received the 2017 CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, and was nominated for ICI’s 2014 Independent Vision Curatorial Award.
As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective—an itinerant public discussion series featuring national and international curators—Marina Reyes Franco (recipient of the 2017 CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean) will present on her research on the visitor economy and cultural tourism.read more »
In collaboration with Beta-Local, the Curatorial Seminar in San Juan will bring together several Curatorial Intensive alumni to discuss research strategies.read more »
La Ene, Nuevo Museo Energía de Arte Contemporáneo surgió a modo de crítica al sistema institucional.read more »
La Ene, the Nuevo Museo Energía de Arte Contemporáneo, was founded in August 2010 as a critique of the institutional system.read more »
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 »