CV José Roca

José Roca is a Colombian curator working from Bogotá. He is currently the Artistic Director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá, and Curator of the LARA (Latin American Roaming Art) Collection. From 2012 to 2015 he was the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London,. He managed for a decade the arts program at the Banco de la República in Bogotá. Roca was a co-curator of the I Poly/graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2004), the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006) and the Encuentro de Medellín MDE07 (2007), and was the Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia’s international Triennial celebrating print in contemporary art. He served on the awards jury for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007), and was the chief curator of the 8 Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011). He is the author of Transpolitical: art in Colombia 1992-2012 (with Sylvia Suárez), and Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers (with Alejandro Martín), published by the Bard Graduate Center in New York in conjunction with the exhibition Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture (2014). Lives in Bogotá.

Updated August 2014


work experience

FLORA ars+natura

Artistic Director, 2011-currently

Tate, London

Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art, 2012-2015

Philagrafika, Philadelphia

Artistic Director, 2006-2010

Banco de la República, Bogotá

Director of Arts, 1994-2008

Edited Columna de Arena, a monthly art blog, 1998-2005

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow, 2002-2003

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Organizer of the Symposium Traveling/Collecting/Exhibiting: the Museum of Modern Art and Latin American Art, 2003

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Assistant to Jean Dethier, curator of the exibition La Ville. Art et Architecture, 1993-1994

Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá

Exhibition designer, 1990-1992

Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Department of Architecture

Coordinator of exhibitions, 1984-1987

education

Whitney Independent Study Program, New York

Critical Studies Fellow, 2001-2002

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Latin American Museum Professionals Workshop, 1998

Ecole dArchitecture Paris-Villemin, Paris

M.A. Design and Management of Cultural Buildings, 1993

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá

B.A. Architecture, 1987

curatorial projects

Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center, New York; Centro Conde Duque, Madrid, and Art Museum of the Americas, 2014-15 (with Alejandro Martín)

Sextaanisqatsi, desorden habitable, Museo MARCO, Monterrey, and San Ildefonso, Mexico DF, 2012

Protografías, Survey of the work of Óscar Muñoz: Museo de arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá; Museo de Antioquia, Medellín; MALBA, Buenos Aires; MALI, Lima; Museo La Tertulia, Cali; Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2011-14 (with María Wills)

8 Bienal do Mercosul, Essays on Geopoetics, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2011

Muntadas: Information, Space, Control, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil, Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, and Bronx Museum, New York, 2011-12 (with Alejandro Martín)

Regina Silveira: 1001 Days and Other Enigma, Fundaçao Iberé Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2011

Ver para Creer, Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala, 2010

Välparaíso/Intervenciones, a series of urban interventions in Valparaíso, Chile, 2010

Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious, a multi-sited festival of contemporary art, Philadelphia, 2010

Imprints for a Fleeting Memorial, Survey of the work of Óscar Muñoz,
Galerie de l’UQAM,, Montreal, 2009

Linha de Sombra, Survey of the work of Regina Silveira, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, 2009

Other Florae, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil, 2008

Imprints for a Fleeting Memorial, Survey of the work of Óscar Muñoz,
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, 2008

Objetivo Subjetivo, Survey of the work of Miguel Ángel Rojas, Museo de arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, 2007

Sombra Luminosa, Survey of the work of Regina Silveira, Museo de arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, and Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, 2007

Co-curator of the Encuentro de Medellín MDE07, with Ana Paula Cohen, María Inés Rodríguez, Jaime Cerón, Óscar Muñoz and Alberto Sierra. Museo de Antioquia and several venues in Medellín, Colombia, 2007

Co-curator of Cart[ajena], with Jorge Díez. Several venues in Cartagena, Colombia, on occasion of the Congreso de la Lengua Española, 2007

Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, Independent Curators International New York, and Museo de arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, traveling exhibition 2007-2009

Co-curator of the 27th São Paulo Bienal: Como Viver Junto, with Lisette Lagnado (chief curator), Rosa Martínez, Cristina Freire, Adriano Pedrosa and Jochen Volz. Bienal pavillion, Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil, 2006

Co-curator of the Trienal Poli/gráfica de San Juan, Puerto Rico, with Mari Carmen Ramírez (chief curator), Margarita Fernández Zavala, Harper Montgomery and Justo Pastor Mellado, 2004

Fe (¿y alegría?), Colombian representation to the Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador, 2004

Botánica Política, Sala Montcada, Fundación La Caixa, Barcelona, 2004

A Taste of the Pain of Others, Contemporary Video from Latin America. L.A. Freewaves, Los Angeles, 2004

Traces of Friday, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2003

Julio Alpuy: The Maker, Cecilia de Torres gallery, New York, 2003

Face Value, Contemporary Video from Colombia, L.A. Freewaves, Los Angeles, 2002

New York/2002, François Bucher, Six Feet Under, Whitebox, New York, 2002

Doméstica: una mirada cotidiana, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, 2001

TransHistorias, Survey of the work of José Alejandro Restrepo, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, 2000

Define “Context”, APEX Art Curatorial Program, New York, 2000

La Ruina; la utopía, Survey of Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa. Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá; Bronx Museum for the Arts, New York and Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, 2000-2001

Fuera de Límite, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, 1996

Ensayo General, Selection of works from the Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) Rhône-Alpes (co-curated with Marie Lapalus). ELAC (Espace Lyonnais dArt Contemporain), Lyon; Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá; Museo.Carrillo Gil, México and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile, 1995

grants, fellowships and awards

Curatorial Research Fellowship, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2008

Curator in residency, Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts, 2008

Awards Jury of the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007

Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow. Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2002-2003

American Center Foundation. Funds for Arts Research grant, 2003

Helena Rubinstein Fellow. Whitney Independent Study Program, Critical Studies, 2001-2002

books and catalogs (selection of recent)

“Mockus’ Bogota: Art as Public Policy”, in Brave New Worlds (Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2007), p.p. 68-72.

“The Whole of Acre in a Single Tree”, in Como Viver Junto, catalog of the 27 Sao Paulo Bienal (Sao Paulo: Fundacao Bienal, 2006), p.p. 141-151.

“Sandra Bermúdez. Off sight: steadily, intently and with fixed attention” (New York: Art Press, 2005), p.p. 9-13.

“Botánica política: usos de la ciencia, usos de la historia”, in Sala Montcada/Temporada 03/04 (Barcelona: Fundació La Caixa, 2004), p.p. 58-64.

“Doris Salcedo”, in Modern Painting and Sculpture (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2004), p. 455.

“El Panóptico observado: notas sobre la obra de Juan Fernando Herrán,” Juan Fernando Herrán (Bogota: Universidad de Los Andes, 2004), p.p. 83-95.

“Ana Mendieta’s Nile Born, José Leonilson’s 34 with Scars and Doris Salcedo’s Untitled”, in MoMA at El Museo (New York: The Museum of Modern Art and El Museo del Barrio), 2004), p.p.148-154.

“Cartels Allongés”, in Nous venons en paix, Histoires des Amériques (Montreal: Musée d’Art contemporain, 2004), p.p. 30-41.

“Julio Alpuy: The Maker”, in Julio Alpuy (New York: Cecilia de Torres Ltd, 2004), p.p. 9-19.

“Ausencia/Evidencia,” in Entre Líneas (Madrid: La Casa Encendida, 2003), pp 77-91.

“Pure Consciousness,” in On Kawara: Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher on the Hills. (Dijon: Les Presses du Reel/IKON, 2002)

“Muntadas: On translation,” in MUNTADAS, (Barcelona: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, 2002), p.p. 168-175

“Una cosa es una cosa / Una escritura automática del gesto,” in Eztetika del Sueño (Madrid: Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2001)

“Petites fables transculturelles,” in Desirs d’Ailleurs (Paris: Actes Sud-AFAA, 1998), p.p. 27-32

conferences and panels (selection of recent)

Moderator of panel “The Collector as Catalyst”  (Ella Cisneros, Agustín Coppel, Rodrigo Moura), in Art Basel Conversations, Miami, 2010

Organizer of the seminar “Acre” for the 27 São Paulo Bienal (David Harvey, Francisco Foot Hardman, Jose Meirelles, Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, Marina Silva, Thierry de Duve), São Paulo, 2006

“The Future of the Museum: Focus on Latin America”, in Art Basel Conversations (moderated by Ivo Mesquita and Hans-Ulrich Obrist), Miami, 2007

“Considering Upcoming Biennials”, in Art Basel Conversations (Okwui Enwezor, Douglas Fogle, Hou Hanru, Chrissie Iles, Jose Roca, Anton Vidokle), moderated by Robert Storr), Basel, 2006

“Cuando las vicisitudes devienen forma: construcciones curatoriales de identidad nacional”, in VI Diálogos Iberoamericanos, Valencia, 2005

“Violent Refusals: Aesthetics of Death in the Public Sphere”, in Critical Perspectives on Visual Culture, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Critical Studies Symposium, New York, May 2002

“Problems of cultural translation: the context of Define context”, in Inside out: reassessing International cultural influence, APEX art curatorial program, International Seminar, Rio de Janeiro, June 2001

professional affiliations

AICA (International Association of Art Curators and Critics)

VOTI (the Union Of the Imaginary) Online forum on contemporary curatorial practice

Member of the Curatorial Committee of APT (Artist Pension Trust)

Member of the Awards Committee of the Prince Claus Fund

other affiliations

Citizen of NSK State in Time

Baron of Sealand

languages

Spanish, French, English, Portuguese

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