Claudia Arozqueta

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Claudia Arozqueta is an arts historian, curator, and writer born in Mexico City, currently based in Sydney. She is a PhD candidate in Art History and Theory at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Previously, she earned a Master in Media Art Histories from Donau-Universität Krems, Austria

Arozqueta's scholarly research focuses in the history of media with specialisation in the use of vital signs (heartbeats, breath and blood pressure) 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 various conferences including the Media Art History Conference in Denmark, and the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), South Korea. 

Besides the aesthetics of vitality, she is also interested in contemporary art and politics; public space; and experimental historical narratives. Following these interests, she co-curates Modelab, an artistic initiative that explores public space attending its past and current dynamic, with recent exhibitions and talks held at Taipei Artist Village, Taipei (2019), Manila Biennale, Philippines (2018); Muca Roma, Mexico City (2016), etc.

From 2011-2013, she was Director of Enjoy Public Art Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand.

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

Arozqueta is also a regular contributor to Artforum and Art-Agenda, and has published extensively articles and essays in catalogues and other magazines, such as Frieze, Art21, Flash Art, The Moscow Times, etc.  

She has been a casual lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. She 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 curator and writer in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in 2019; Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei in 2019; Mabini Projects, Manila in 2017; Sala Diaz-Casa Chuck, San Antonio in 2015. Arozqueta has received numerous awards and grants from international organizations.

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