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Cuauhtémoc Medina

Cuauhtémoc Medina appointed as curator of The Shanghai Biennale 2018


Cuauhtémoc Medina, the chief curator of Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporanea in Mexico City, has been appointed as curator the Shanghai Biennale for 2018 edition and Shi Hanato will be the biennial’s chief coordinator.  The 12th edition of the Shanghai Biennale will take place at the Power Station of Art (PSA) from November 10, 2018 to March 10, 2019. The official title for the 2018 event will be announced soon.

Born in Mexico, Cuauhtémoc Medina is an internationally renowned art curator, critic and historian. Having worked extensively in Europe, he curated the ninth edition of Manifesta, in 2012, and was associate curator of Latin American art at Tate Modern.

PSA’s Academic Committee believes that Medina’s broad curatorial experience, rich historical knowledge, and most especially, vast research into Latin-American contemporary art will bring a fresh perspective to the 21-year-old Shanghai Biennale. 

Speaking of his appointment, Cuauhtémoc Medina said, “Biennales are large scale exhibitions that, beyond offering a certain perspective on the potential of art and culture today, inscribe a city and an event as a provisory and symbolic artistic world center. That Shanghai hosts an exhibition of that kind is most appropriate for it provides a clear image of the current decentering of our cultural narratives and the significance that China and Asia have in the cultural and economic circuits of today.(..) I hope that I will be able to produce, in collaboration with colleagues from China and around the world, an exhibition that will enhance the importance of a growing cultural production that infuses subjective complexity into the complex texture of our times.”




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