January 23, 2017

SOMA Summer: final call for applications

SOMA Summer 2017 publication. From left to right: Andrew Davis, Elisa Mergel Mello, and Ashley Fischer.

SOMA Summer is a unique eight-week program for international artists, curators, critics, and art historians, conducted in English in Mexico City.

SOMA Summer introduces participants to the dynamic art scene of Mexico City through visits to museums, openings, and artists’ studios. Designed to promote intense creative work and open dialogue, the program is built around a series of seminars and workshops led by renowned Mexican and international artists and curators. Participants meet weekly for individual critiques and discussion, as well as public events, site visits, and other activities in and around Mexico City.

SOMA is a space for reconsideration and reflection. Each SOMA Summer is organized around a specific conceptual framework that provides a compelling platform for artists who want to critically analyze their work, while developing new ideas. We stress the importance of the program content, and would discourage applicants who are looking primarily for a studio-based residency. SOMA‘s facilities offer shared studio spaces. Although labs and workshops are not available, we do provide logistical support for producing work and organizing events within Mexico City.

All program activities are in English.

SOMA Summer 2017 will focus on notions of authority as they pertain to artistic encounters in a world that seems to have an increasingly difficult time embracing difference. In seminars, we will analyse the alterity of the queer body and the new order that it established, the performing strategies of artists through self-authorization and legal fictions, as well as the relevance of the term “authority” in political science. We will look closely at the writing of Theodor W. Adorno and Giorgio Agamben. Seminars and lectures will be led by Eduardo Abaroa, Sam Durant, Anthony Graves, Lauren Haaften-Schick, Carla Herrera-Prats, and Susana Vargas, among other guests.

Seminars, workshops, and lectures:
Eduardo Abaroa (artist, Mexico) / Sam Durant (artist, US) / Anthony Graves (artist, US) / Lauren Haaften-Schick (curator, US) / Susana Vargas (writer, Mexico)

Special sessions:
Amy Sara Carroll and Ricardo Dominguez (artists and writers, US) / Dorothée Dupuis (writer, France) / Irmgard Emmelhainz (writer, Mexico) / Camel Collective (artists, Mexico/US) / Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere (artists, US) / Pedro Ortiz Antoranz (curator, SP) / Mono Schwarz-Kogelnik (artist, US)

Studio visits:
Tania Candiani (artist, Mexico) / Enrique Jezik (artist, Mexico) / Yoshua Okón (artist, Mexico) / Joaquín Segura (artist, Mexico) / Tercerunquinto (artists, Mexico)

Individual critiques:
Mónica Amieva (curator, Mexico) / Magalí Arriola (curator, Mexico) / Tania Candiani (artist, Mexico) / Helena Chávez (curator/art historian, Mexico) / Tatiana Cuevas (curator, Mexico) / Mariana David (curator, Mexico) / Magnolia De la Garza (curator, Mexico) / Irving Dominguez (critic, Mexico) / Sol Henaro (curator, Mexico) / Edgar Hernández (writer, Mexico) / Fabiola Iza (curator, Mexico) / Graciela Kasep (curator, Mexico) / Esteban King Alvarez (curator, Mexico) / Alejandra Labastida (curator, Mexico) / Víctor Palacios (curator, Mexico) / Bárbara Perea (curator, Mexico) / Paola Santoscoy (curator, Mexico) / Itala Schmelz (curator, Mexico)

Mentorship with:
Eduardo Abaroa (artist, Mexico) / Ricardo Alzati (artist, Mexico) / Nate Harrison (artist/writer, US) / Carla Herrera-Prats (artist, Mexico) / Joaquín Segura (artist, Mexico) / Pablo Vargas Lugo (artist, Mexico)

Apply online

More information about SOMA Summer
Detailed program of activities

Contact[email protected]

SOMA Summer is part of SOMA—an experimental pedagogical project launched in 2009, conceived to nurture discussion and exchange in the field of contemporary art in Mexico City. We provide a counterpoint to the dynamics of art schools, museums, and galleries.


SOMA Summer 2017: final call for applications

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