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Ana Sol González Rueda

Ana Sol

I have a BA in Art History from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the University of Essex. Prior to starting my graduate studies I worked as adjunct curator at Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City

Thesis:Radical Pedagogies and Curating

Supervised by:Dr Karen Brown and Dr Catherine Spencer

Funded by:  Conacyt and Jumex Foundation

The educational dimension of the contemporary art exhibition and the positions it organises between curator, artists, works, and the public, remain mostly unnoticed even by those apparently attempting to question and move away from authoritative, explanatory or overly didactic models. My research seeks to bring these implicit educational relations to the foreground. Generally, education is not regarded as a curatorial responsibility, with most institutions having a separate department to that end. My thesis examines specific critical curatorial approaches and discerns their educational propositions as well as the contradictions they entail. Additionally, I aim to identify ideas from radical pedagogies that are relevant to curatorial practice. The thesis investigates the viability of resistant practices in the context of an educational crisis and looks for openings to propose a different kind of experience to that of entertained consumption.

Research interests: Curating, Contemporary art, Museum Studies, Education

Publications and activities:

-Project Coordinator and Mediation Strategies, Possessing Nature, Mexican Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015

-Guest-curator: Laure Prouvost: Mientras No Mirabas, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, 2014


Katie Murray

Katie Murray PhD Candidate

Katie has an MA in Scottish Studies and MLitt in Museum and Gallery
Studies. She has held various museum posts, including completing a
curatorial internship at the South Georgia Museum. Currently she has a
post as historian and lecturer on a polar expedition cruise vessel.

Katie's research looks at the representation of polar exploration in
exhibitions between 1818 and 1930. This period saw sustained British
exploratory effort in the polar regions, focusing first on the Arctic
and then Antarctica. These explorations were depicted in exhibition
forms as diverse as panoramas, the display of indigenous peoples,
displays of equipment and photography and art shows. These helped to
satiate a curious public, raise the profile of individual explorers
and, sometimes, provide much needed funding for future exploration.
The thesis will examine these exhibitions in terms of their
museological and historical contexts, using a range of primary source
materials as well as considering them in terms of both contemporary
and modern museological theory.  They will be reconstructed and
analysed in terms of their purpose, thematic content, impact and
general success.



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