María Fernanda Cartagena

Maria Fernanda Cartagena

Project Researcher, Talking to Action

Director, Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado, Ecuador

María Fernanda Cartagena lives in Quito, Ecuador and is Director of the Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado. She holds a degree in History of Art from the American University, Washington D.C., and a Master of Arts in Visual Culture from Middlesex University, London. She is Editor of, as well as a Member of the Red Conceptualismos del Sur and of the Corporación Wacharnack, a not-for-profit organization and platform of research, education, organization and production that promotes a perspective based on cultural rights and decolonization.

As curator and researcher, she explores links between art and politics, the insertion of art into the public sphere, community art, the representation of ethnic alterity in the visual arts of Latin America, and alternative experimental pedagogies that link art, politics, and society. Her latest projects include: conceptual director of Franja Arte-Comunidad residency of contemporary community-based art on the cost of Ecuador (2009-2012); coordinator of First International Meeting “From Liberating Education to Liberation Theology,” in homage to Monsignor Leonidas Proaño (participants consisted of educators, ecclesiastic agents, and contemporary artists), Ministry of Culture (2010); curator of First Ibero-American Meeting, “From Adversity, We Live! Art, Work and Economy,” Arte Actual, FLACSO (2011); curator of “Transverse Tales,” a retrospective exhibition of the artist Tomás Ochoa, Center of Contemporary Art of Quito (2012). Jointly with Christian León, she was in charge of the conceptualization of the New National Museum, Ministry of Culture of Ecuador (2012).

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