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The Backroom

  • Documentación de declamación de Anexora Skvirsky Varios fotógrafos, circa 1950’s, Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • Concepto para episodio 01 del Tobogán de arte abstracto, cuando el anfitrión hace paracaidismo con reproducciones de obras abstractas. © Priscila Fernandes 2020

Curated by Andrea Valencia Aranda, Laura August, Jaime Ruíz Martínez, Humberto Moro, José López Serra

The Backroom is a digital space where to discover and navigate art beyond the artistic object or artifact, from a perspective that art is a continuous and relational exercise.

Every two weeks from September 2020 to January 2021, guest curators will be presenting what nourishes and informs the practices of three artists of their choice: objects of desire, personal archives, libraries, artistic research, music, routines, films, biographies; art is in a permanent exchange with the world that surrounds it.

Initiated in 2005 by Magalí Arriola, Kate Fowle, and Renaud Proch, this research project brings together videos, music, photographs, ephemera, anecdotes, or any action or artifact that feeds the artistic practice of creators from various disciplines. This new digital edition of the Backroom was initiated by and realized in partnership with Museo Tamayo, Mexico.

Artists: Gloria Anzaldúa, Ramón Miranda Beltran, Tom Burr, Isa Carrillo, Binna Choi, Margit Czenki, Galia Eibenschutz, Faivovich & Goldberg, Priscila Fernandes, Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, Jorge Méndez-Blake, Yos Piña Narváez, Javier Orfón, Marjetica Potrč, Ika Putranto, Mathew Rana, Nibia Pastrana Santiago, Christoph Schäfer, Barb Smith, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Ana Tiscornia and more to come.


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Andrea Valencia Aranda

Andrea Valencia Aranda is an art historian and curator who lives and works in Mexico City. Valencia studied an MA in Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and a Bachelor’s in Art History from Casa Lamm in Mexico City. In 2017, she co-founded the curatorial collective Se habla español that explores language and migration issues. She has also worked in institutions such as The National Museum of Art (MUNAL) in Mexico City, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, the Office of International Affairs of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico, and as coordinator of the Pavilion of Mexico in the 57th Venice Art Biennale. Currently, she is exhibition coordinator of the retrospective of Cecilia Vicuña organized by Witte de With Contemporary Art Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and assistant curator at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City.

Laura August

Laura August, PhD writes exhibitions and essays which find points of connection between our emotional lives and quotidian collaborations, and between our regional histories and landscapes. Since 2014, she has been working between the U.S. and Guatemala, where she founded a domestic project space named Yvonne. She holds a PhD in Art History and is a recipient of The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant: her writing has been published in Art Lies, Artishock, Art Review, Arts + Culture Texas, Gulf Coast, and Pastelegram, among other international magazines, exhibition catalogs, and artist monographs. She was a Core Critical Studies Fellow at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2016-2018 and, in 2018, she co-curated Guatemala’s Paiz Biennial. Her recent exhibitions include citysinging (Lawndale, Houston, TX), To look at the sea is to become what one is (Radiator Arts, NYC), Las heridas también pueden teñirse de azul (Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala), Stone’s Throw: Arte de Sanación, Arte de Resistencia (The Anderson, Richmond, VA), and To Weave Blue: Poema al tejido (University of Memphis, TN). Her work is defined by living with and alongside artists, developing conversations and collaborative relationships over long spans of time. The exhibitions she makes are conceptually and materially intertwined with her writing practice.

Jaime Ruíz Martínez

Jaime Ruíz Martínez (Mexico, 1985), is an artist, educator and curator. He has collaborated in different public programs of independent spaces, as well as in public and private institutions. Between 2013 and 2015 he was the Director of Project Development at the Oaxaca Design Center where he collaborated with the Vitra Design Museum for the Mexican touring of the exhibition Anticuerpos de los Hermanos Campana (2013), Festival de Artes Digitales Proyecta (2013), and other initiatives that explore the possibilities between crafts, arts, and design.

Humberto Moro

Humberto Moro (b. Guadalajara, 1982) is Deputy Director and Senior Curator at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; Curator at EXPO Chicago; and Adjunct Curator at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, where he has organized solo exhibitions by Glen Fogel, Mario Navarro, Oliver Laric, Liliana Porter, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Pia Camil, Mariana Castillo Deball, Tom Burr, Yang Fudong, FOS, AES+F, Mark Wallinger, Isaac Julien, and Anna Maria Maiolino, among others. Moro was curator of New Proposals and SAMPLE, sections at ZONA Maco, Mexico City. Moro has previously held positions at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and Museo Jumex in Mexico City. He was the recipient of the 2016 Estancias Tabacalera Research Award for Latin-American curators, Madrid, Spain, and was part of the 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, in Gwangju, South Korea. Moro holds a BFA in Painting from the Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato; and a MA in Curatorial Studies by the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), Bard College, New York.

José López Serra

José López Serra is a cultural agent based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since 2015, he has co-directed Hidrante, a no-budget independent project space in San Juan. Hidrante functions as a curatorial studio of sorts, with an open programming that frequently works to introduce new artists and practices to the Puerto Rican context. López Serra was a fellow curator at Beta-Local’s La Práctica in 2017-2018. In 2017, he participated in the ICI’s Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans. He received his BA in Public Communications and Photography from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus in 2015.


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The Backroom is a digital space where to discover and navigate art beyond the artistic object or artifact, from a perspective that art is a continuous and relational exercise. Every two weeks from September 2020 to January 2021, guest curators will be presenting what nourishes and informs the practices of three artists of their choice: objects of desire, personal archives, libraries, artistic research, music, routines, films, biographies; art is in a permanent exchange with the world that surrounds it.

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