Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Worlding the World of Art: A Conversation between Latin America and Asia with Florencia Malbran and Natasha Ginwala

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

5:30pm – 7:00pm

McKinney Conference Rm, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St

Organized by Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar, Associate Professor of History

Q&A with Sharmini Pereira (Director and Founder of Raking Leaves) & Paula Gaetano-Adi (RISD).

Florencia Malbrán is a curator of contemporary art who has organized exhibitions in the United States, Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, and Paraguay. Additionally, as a curator, she has been in residence in France, Switzerland, and Spain. She was the Hilla Rebay International Fellow at the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao, and Venice, and held positions previously at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires and the Pinacoteca do Estado in São Paulo. Her shows have been reviewed in Clarín and La Nación in Argentina, O Globo in Brazil, El Tiempo in Colombia, and Artforum in the United States, and has written widely for catalogues on contemporary art from Latin America.

Malbrán has been a faculty member at New York University in Buenos Aires since 2010. She also teaches at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in New York City. In 2017, she was Craig M. Cogur Visiting Professor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University. Her areas of expertise include contemporary art, curatorial practice, Latin American art history, and critical theory. In addition, she works in the fields of post-colonial and globalization studies, cultural geography and translation, focusing on the disciplinary problems of writing and practicing art across cultural boundaries, and proposing novel intertwining histories of the verbal and the visual.

Natasha Ginwala is a curator and writer. She is Associate Curator at Gropius Bau, Berlin and Festival Curator, COLOMBOSCOPE (2019), Colombo. Ginwala has curated Contour Biennale 8, Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium and was Curatorial Advisor for documenta 14, 2017. Other recent projects include Arrival, Incision. Indian Modernism as Peripatetic Itinerary in the framework of “Hello World. Revising a Collection” at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 2018; Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future at ifa Gallery Berlin and Stuttgart, 2018; My East is Your West at the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015; and Corruption: Everybody Knows… with e-flux, New York, 2015. Ginwala was a member of the artistic team for the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2014, and has co-curated The Museum of Rhythm, at Taipei Biennial 2012 and at Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, 2016–17. From 2013–15, in collaboration with Vivian Ziherl, she led the multi-part curatorial project Landings presented at various partner organizations. Ginwala writes on contemporary art and visual culture in various periodicals and has contributed to numerous publications. Ginwala is a recipient of the 2018 visual arts research grant from the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Art History from the South