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Gerardo Mosquera | Cuba

Gerardo Mosquera
Curator, art critic
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Graduated in art history from the University of Havana, Cuba. 

Currently, he is artistic director for the festival PHotoEspaña, for 2011-2013, and advisor for the Rijksakademie of Amsterdam since 1995.

Gerardo Mosquera is one of the organizers of the first Havana’s Biennial in 1984. He is on the board of the organizing committee until 1989, year where he decides to dedicate himself to his career of independent curator. Between 1985 and 1990, he heads the research department of the Centro Wilfredo Lam of Havana.

From 1995 to 2009, he is associated curator to the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.

As a curator, Gerardo Mosquera organized :

crisisss. Latin America, Art and Confrontation. 1910-2010 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes and at the Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual of Mexico, Mexico (2011) ;
¡Afuera! Arte en espacios públicos in Córdoba, Argentina (2010) ;
Denarrations at the PanAmerican Art Projects of Miami, USA (2009) ;
7 + 1 Project Rooms at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo of Vigo, Spain (2008) ;
States of Exchange. Artists from Cuba at the InIVA of London, UK (2008) ;
Border Jam at the Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales and the Centro Cultural de España of Montevideo, Uruguay (2007) ;
Transpacific. An Encounter in Santiago at the Centro Cultural del Palacio de la Moneda of Santiago, Chile (2007) ;
– The 6th Liverpool’s Biennial (2006) – co-curated with Manray Hsu ;
Cordially Invited at the BAK and at the Central Museum of Utrecht, The Netherlands (2004) – co-curated with Maria Hlavajova ;
– The travelling exhibition Panorama of Brazilian Art 2003 (Desarrumado). 19 Disarrangements in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Recife in Brazil ; in Vigo, Spain and in Bogotá, Colombia (2008-2009) ;
It’s Not What You See. Perverting Minimalism at the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain (2000) ;
Absent Territories at the Casa de América in Madrid, Spain (2000) ;
– Or Important and Exportant – the 2d Biennial of Johannesburg in South Africa (1997).

Gerardo Mosquera is a prolix author with more than hundred of articles and essays, and a good quantity of books. He took part in hundred of symposiums too.

His articles can be read in the magazines Art & Text, Art Criticism, Art Journal, Art Nexus, Atlantica du CAAM des Îles Canaries, Casa de las Americas, ArtForum, Kunstforum, Neue Bildende Kunst, Oxford Art Journal or Third Text.

He edited the books Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture, The MIT Press and New Museum of Contemporary Art, 2004 ; and Beyond the Fantastic: Contemporary Art Criticism from Latin America, INIVA and The MIT Press, 1995.

He contributed to the publication of Contemporary Art in Latin America, Black Dog Publishers, 2010 ; 100 Latin American Artists, Exit Publicaciones, 2007 ; Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985, Blackwell Publishing, 2005 ; States of Exchange. Contemporary Art and Ideas in an Era of Glozalisation, INIVA, 2004 or Créolité and Creolization, Documenta 11_Platform 3, Kassel, 2003

Gerardo Mosquera is the author of Caminar con el Diablo. Textos sobre arte, internacionalismo y culturas, Exit Publicaciones, 2010 – a retrospective book on his researches.