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Curatorial Seminar San Juan 2016

Oct 12 – 15, 2016

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Curatorial Seminar in San Juan was targeted to a small group of alumni of the Curatorial Intensive program, who gathered to collectively discuss strategies of research and collaboration specific to the cultural condition in which each of them operates. The seminar reflected on Edouard Glissant's concept of marronage as point of reference to discuss ideas of cultural subversion, geographical proximity, and alternative forms of discourse.

The program was a collaboration with Beta-Local, a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting aesthetic thought and cultural practices, with a focus on the vitality of the Puerto Rican art community. It was conducted entirely in Spanish.

Fernanda Albuquerque

Fernanda Albuquerque is a curator and art critic who is a PhD candidate in History, Theory, and Art Criticism at UFRGS, Porto Alegre, and a PhD associate student at UAL, London.

Ximena Gama

Ximena Gama (b. Colombia, 1982) is a specialist in History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Universidad de los Andes.

Andrés Jurado

Andrés Jurado is an artist, curator, and professor in the Visual Arts Department at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Colombia, and professor at the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá - Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas.

Marina Reyes Franco

Marina Reyes Franco is a Curator at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico (MAC).

Alba Colomo

Alba Colomo is a Spanish curator based in the UK.

Arnaldo Rodríguez-Bagué

Arnaldo Rodríguez-Bague (They/Them) is a researching artist-curator from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

María del Carmen Carrión

María del Carmen Carrión is an independent curator and art critic from Quito, who received an MA from the Curatorial Practice Program at California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, and taught at Universidad Católica in Quito.

Pablo Guardiola

Pablo Guardiola is a visual artist working across installation, sculpture, photography and editorial /curatorial projects.

Mauricio Marcín

Mauricio Marcin is a researcher, curator and erratic archivist.

Sofía Gallisá Muriente

Sofía Gallisá Muriente is a visual artist who works mainly with video, photography, text and installation.

Tony Cruz Pabón

Tony Cruz Pabón (b. 1977) lives and works in Puerto Rico.

About Beta Local
Beta-Local is a non-profit organization based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, dedicated to supporting and promoting aesthetic thought and practice through various programs:
-La Práctica is a research and production program that runs for 9 months for individuals with a background in art, design or cultural production. This program is designed particularly for those interested in generating new conditions, relations and positions from which to produce in and outside of established circuits. The mode of work is that of a critical and practical atelier in Puerto Rico, the Tropics, the Caribbean and in this time.
-The Harbor is an international artist residency program. Every month we invite artists, curators, thinkers and other cultural agents living abroad to live and work in our space, work with participants of our programs and develop projects in Puerto Rico.
-La Ivan Illich, an experimental pedagogical platform through which anyone can propose a class, workshop, conference, encounter, study group or any other knowledge exchange. Sometimes groups form that meet for months. Sometimes a workshop is taught in several sessions. Sometimes a single event is enough to trigger relations that continue beyond Beta-Local.


The Curatorial Seminar in San Juan is made possible by Fundación Alumnos47, and by generous contributions from ICI’s Leadership Council, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.