November 21, 2016

SOMA Summer 2017: call for applications

Lorena Wolffer’s studio, SOMA Summer 2016.

An eight-week summer program for international artists, curators, critics and art historians in Mexico City.

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

SOMA Summer introduces participants to the dynamic art scene of Mexico City through visits to museums, cultural institutions, and artists’ studios. Designed to promote intense creative work and dialogue, the program is built around a series of seminars and workshops led by renowned Mexican and international artists. Participants meet weekly for individual critiques with a variety of artists and curators, while engaging in public programs, 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 andprovides a compelling platform for artists who want to critically analyze their work, while developing new ideas. We stress the importance of our program content, and would discourage applicants who are primarily looking for a studio-based residency.SOMA 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) / Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere (artists, US) / Pedro Ortiz Antoranz (curator, Spain) / Mono Schwarz-Kogelnik (artist, US)

Studio visits:
Minerva Cuevas (artist, Mexico) / Enrique Jezik (artist, Mexico) / Yoshua Okón (artist, Mexico) / Joaquín Segura (artist, Mexico)

Individual critiques:
Esteban King Alvarez (curator, Mexico) / Magalí Arriola (curator, Mexico) / Tania Candiani (artist, Mexico) / Tatiana Cuevas (curator, Mexico)  / Mariana David (curator, Mexico) / Magnolia De la Garza (curator, Mexico) / Irving Dominguez (critic, Mexico) / Sol Henaro (curator, Mexico) / Fabiola Iza (curator, Mexico) / Graciela Kasep (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)

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: call for applications

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