Marta Palau, Mexico
Concept and project-direction
Born in 1934 in Albesa, Lerida/Spain. 1955 - 1965 National Art School of Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture »La Esmeralda«, Mexico-City; San Diego State University, San Diego/USA; Studio of Grau Garriga, Barcelona. 1986 Award for Installation at the 2nd Biennial of Havana, 1992 Citizen's Award at the 5th Triennial Fellbach/Germany. Numerous sculptures in the public space, murals and installations.
Curator and coordinator of the Salones Michoacanos Internacionales del Textil en Miniatura - 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986. Initiator and director of the »Salones Internacionales de Estandartes« at the Centro Cultural Tijuana.
Rita Eder, Mexico
Together with Silvia Pandolfi, curator of the Mexican selection.
Essay, with S. Pandolfi: Apropiations: Figure, Space, and Perception in some Mexican Artists of the Nineties
Born in 1943. Graduated in History, Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México); Masters in Art History, Ohio State University, USA. Since l975, researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the UNAM. Currently director of the same institute (period 1994-98) and vicepresident of the Comité Internacional D´Historie de L´Art, approved by the General Assembly in Amsterdam.
Okwui Enwezor, Nigeria
Curator of the African selection.
Critic, publisher, poet and curator. Born in 1964 in Nigeria, where he grew up. Moved to New York in 1981, lives in New York and Johannesburg. Studied political science at Jersey College in Newark, New Jersey and in 1994 founded »Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art«, the first international journal of its kind dedicated to serious scholarly study and exposure of contemporary art by Africans and people of African descent. In addition to co-editing »Nka«, he has also published seminal essays on contemporary African art in such other publications as »Flash Art«, for which he writes a news column, »Frieze«, »Atlantica«, and the »International Review of African American Art«. Co-curated at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the exhibition »In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present« (1996). Artistic director of the 2nd Biennial of Johannesburg, held in 1997/1998.
Notes based on: Okwui Enwezor, Olu Oguibe's Guest of the Month
Yu Yeon Kim, South Korea
Curator of the selection from Asia/Oceania
Essay: Fragmented Histories
Born in South Korea, 1956. An independent curator based in New York and Seoul, she is the co-founder and chief curator of »PLEXUS«, a non-profit Internet arts organization in New York that shows art works both in digital and
traditional media, as well as facilitating international online arts
conferences. She has curated numerous exhibitions including »In The Eye of the Tiger«, an exhibition of
contemporary Korean art at Exit Art/The First World, New York (1997) and
the Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul (1998), as well as »Transversions« at the 2nd Biennial of Johannesburg, 1997/1998. More recently Yu Yeon Kim has co-curated »OMNIZONE, Perspectives in Mapping Digital Culture«, an investigative and experimental online project.
Her essays and interviews have been published in ART AsiaPacific (Australia), Wolgan Misool (S. Korea), Atlantica, Flash Art, and Intelligent Agent (New York).
Gerardo Mosquera, Cuba
Curator of the Latin American selection.
Born in 1945 in Havana. graduated in Art History at the University of Havana. From 1975 - 1985 director of various departments of the National Council for Culture, respectively of the Cuban Ministry of Culture. From 1985 - 1990 he directed the Research Department of the Centro Wifredo Lam, institution which organizes the Havana Biennial. Organizator of, and guest speaker at international symposia in America, Europe and Africa. Since 1980 jury-member at international exhibitions and events. Published numerous books, essays, articles, e.g. he is the editor of »Beyond the Fantastic, Contemporary Art Criticism from Latin America«. Curator of the exhibit »Important and Exportant« at the 2nd Biennial of Johannesburg, 1997/1998. Currently, curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
Rosa Olivares, Spain
Curator of the selection from Europe
Essay: Después de la pintura (Spanish)
Born in 1955 in Madrid. Studies: art history, Spanish literature and communication sciences, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Curretly director of »LAPIZ«, Internacional Art Magazin. Conferences, workshops and seminars at diverse centers, such as: Arteleku, San Sebastián; Universidad de Bellas Artes, Valencia; Universidad de Zaragoza; Universidad de Santiago de Copostela; Universidad del País Vasco; Fundación La Caixa de Barcelona; and many others. Art seminars in Medellín/Colombia and at the Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre/Brazil.
Since 1992 she is the organizer and curator of numerous contemporary art exhibitions: 1998 - La imagen del Poder (The Image of Power), Fundación de Arte y Tecnología de Madrid; Cinco continentes y una ciudad (Five Continents and a City), Museo de la Ciudad de México. 1996 - II Meetings of Art Commissars, Sala Amárica, Vitoria. 1994 - she organized the 1st Meeting of Art Commissars, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. 1994/95 - Entre la pasión y el silencio, Otra visión de la fotografía española (Between Passion and Silence, an Other Vision of Spanish Photography), at the XXV Internacional Meeting of Arles/France; in Asturias/Spain, and at the Festival de España in Cuba, Fototeca de la Habana. 1992/93 - Einsamkeit, un sentimiento alemán (»Einsamkeit« - a German Feeling), Fundación La Caixa de Madrid y de Barcelona, Palau Sollerie de Palma de Mallorca.
Silvia Pandolfi, Mexico
Together with Rita Eder, curator of the Mexican selection.
Essay, with R. Eder: Apropiations: Figure, Space, and Perception in some Mexican Artists of the Nineties
Born in 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Chicago. Since 1974 she has been collaborating in various cultural institutions: director of the Centro Cultural Coyoacán, director of the Collection and Museum-Library Pape in Monclova/Coah., head of the Research Department of the Museo Nacional de Arte, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA). From 1984 to 1998 Silvia Pandolfi was the director of the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (INBA). She is member of the Board of Directors of the International Committee of Museums of Modern Art (CIMAM), member of ICOM and vicepresident of the Organización de Museos del Sur. Participates as curator at the XXIV Biennial of São Paulo in October 1998. Currently General Director of Visual Arts of the Cultural Outreach Program of the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).