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Melissa Aguilar Restrepo
Melissa Aguilar Restrepo is a designer from Colegiatura Colombiana. She is currently a Master’s candidate in Art History at Universidad de Antioquia, with a monographic dissertation about Antioquian artist Adolfo Bernal. In 2013 she completed postgraduate studies in Cultural Management, Heritage and Sustainable Tourism at the Fundación Ortega y Gasset (Buenos Aires). She has worked as a university lecturer in the fields of art history and design, culture theory, and product design. As a researcher, her main interest lies in the history of contemporary Colombian art, the history of clothing, and material culture related issues. Since 2010 she has been working as a curatorship coordinator at the Medellín Museum of Modern Art (MAMM), where she is responsible for managing the exhibition production process, for developing both contents for curatorial projects and general guidelines for the area of education, as well as taking part in the outline of museographic design. Some major projects she has led include Utopía; Entre ficción y elucubración (2015), Fortuna: William Kentridge (2014), Coordenadas; Historias de la instalación en Antioquia (2013), Deseo y tormento; Luis Caballero (2012), Historias de pared; Sophie Calle (2012), Malicia indígena. Recipientes cerámicos de los Alzate y de Pedro Manrique Figueroa (2011) and El mapa: cartografías críticas (2011). She has published in several exhibition catalogues edited by MAMM namely, Sortilegio; En memoria a Germán Alonso García Pajón (2011), Sociales; Débora Arango llega hoy (2012) and Deseo y Tormento; Luis Caballero 1968-1992 (2013).