Curatorial Practice and Community-Based Art

An interview with Lucía Sanromán

Talking to Action co-curators Karen Moss and Bill Kelley, Jr. interviewed Lucía Sanromán regarding curatorial practice and community-based art. 

KM (track 1): How do you go about doing the research for an exhibition such as Citizen Culture or, as in the case of Medellín, when you are arriving in a place and you want to figure out who are the people working in activist, community-based, social practice contexts? What is your research method and how do you go about it?

BK (track 2): The whole idea is that this show somehow brings in particular challenges in both methodologies of art practice, but then brings in distinct challenges in terms of what makes a curator in this field of social practice? What makes a researcher in this field? What does research look like and as a result, ultimately, what does theory look like? It’s a whole chain of consequences that begins with practice and culminates in the field, culminates in the theory and everything in between. As a curator working in this field, what makes curating distinct from your previous curatorial work?

KM (track 3): Given that it’s a discursive process, how did you as a curator take what you had learned, take the particular ideas, pedagogy, theory of those community activists and others that you are working with, how do you frame that when it then transitions from those series of conversations into something that must be made palpable and visible to a spectator?