Wednesday, 23 December 2009
CUAUHTEMOC MEDINA IN LONDON
Pre-Christmas dinner with curator Cuauhtemoc Medina in London.
Mr. Medina, from the Instituto de Investigationes Estéticas at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, is one of the foremost curators and scholars of contemporary in Latin American. His many exhibition projects include ‘20 Million Mexicans can’t be Wrong’ (South London Gallery, 2002), ‘The Age of Dissent: Art and Culture in Mexico 1968-1987’ (UNAM, 2007; Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, 2008, MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2009) and most recently this year’s Mexican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Teresa Margolles ‘What Else Could We Talk About?’ He has also curated and curated “Francis Alÿs. Diez cuadras alrededor del estudio,” Antiguo Palacio de San Ildefonso (2006). Medina has recently co-published books on Francis Alÿs (Phaidon Press, 2007) and on Melanie Smith, Ciudad Espiral y Otros Placeres Artificiales (A&R, 2006), among many others. Last January he was the director of 'Sur, Sur, Sur, Sur...' SITAC's 7th International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory in Mexico City. From 2002-8 he was associate curator at Latin American Art at Tate Modern. His regular column 'El Ojo Breve' in one of Mexico’s leading newspapers, Reforma, has made him perhaps the best known critic in the region.