Claudia Arozqueta

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Claudia Arozqueta is a historian, curator and artist, born in Mexico City, currently living in Sydney and Mexico. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Previously, she earned a Master in Media Art Histories from Donau-Universität Krems in Austria, and a Bachelor in History from the National University of Mexico.

Arozqueta’s schorlarly practice has an interest in the transdisciplinary intersections of art, science, nature and technology. Her recent scholarship concentrates on the history of media with specialisation on the use of vital signs and bio-sensing technologies in visual, media and sound arts. Her research has been published in various international academic journals, including LeonardoArtnodes, CITAR, etc. She has presented her work in conferences including the Media Art History Conference in Denmark, and the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), South Korea. 

She is also interested in contemporary art and politics; public space; and experimental historical narratives. Following these interests, she founded Modelab, an artistic initiative that explores public space attending its past and current dynamics, with recent exhibitions and talks held at Les Traversées du Marais Festival, Paris (2019); Taipei Artist Village, Taipei (2019), Manila Biennale, Philippines (2018); Muca Roma, Mexico City (2016), etc.

As an indepedent curator, she has organized various exhibitions for international organizations and festivals, including  Blue Star Museum in San Antonio, USA; the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow; XYZ Collective in Tokyo; Artspace Auckland in New Zealand; Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca; etc.

From 2011-2013, she was Director of Enjoy Public Art Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand. Previously, she was coordinator of CANAIA, a non-profit space dedicated to curatorial experimentation in Mexico.

Arozqueta is a regular contributor to Artforum and Art-Agenda, and has published extensively articles and essays in catalogues, books, and international art magazines, such as Frieze, Art21, Flash Art, etc. She has been a lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico, and has delivered critics, workshops and lectures at Garage Center of Contemporary Culture, Moscow; Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, New Zealand; Soma Mexico, Mexico City; Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ), Vienna; etc. 

Arozqueta has been a curator and researcher in-residence at Soma Mexico (2021); Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2019); Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei (2019); Mabini Projects, Manila (2017); Sala Diaz-Casa Chuck, San Antonio (2015). Among the various awards she has received from international organizations are the Medibank Fieldwork and Research Grant, the Ross Steele Award for International Exchange in Art and Design, the UNSW University International Postgraduate Award, the Asia New Zealand Foundation Art Grant,  the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts Grant (FONCA), etc. 

She has lived and worked in Mexico, Russia, New Zealand and Australia.

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