Claudia Arozqueta

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Claudia Arozqueta is a historian, curator, and writer. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Previously, she earned a master’s in Media Art Histories from Donau-Universität Krems in Austria.

Arozqueta’s schorlarly practice has an interest in the transdisciplinary intersections of art, science, nature, and technology. She is fascinated by the various ways in which we have historically understood notions of energy and their impact on how we perceive our bodies and what surrounds us. Her recent scholarship focuses on the history of media with a specialisation in the use of vital signs (heartbeats, breath, and blood pressure) and bio-sensing technologies in visual, media, and sound arts.

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 by attending to 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.

Arozqueta’s writing and research have been published extensively in catalogues, books, academic journals, and international art magazines, such as Leonardo, Artforum, Art agenda, Frieze, Art21, Flash Art, etc. Arozqueta has been a 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.

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. 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.

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.

© 2021  ~ Claudia Arozqueta