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Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy
Curator-in-residence, 2008-09, Alumni 2000
Sofia Hernandez

CCS Bard ‘00

Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy is an independent curator from Mexicali, Mexico. Her curatorial work has been inspired by politically sensitive and formally sophisticated approaches to art making and exhibition design. She is interested in current artistic practices informed by conceptualism of the 1960s and 1970s, e.g. in the use of text, including book formats or image as information, as well as in performances by visual artists and event-based artworks. She is as interested in working with artists as she is in conversing with audiences. For this reason, much of the work she has done has consisted in developing ideas and projects with artists to facilitate meetings points – whether these are in the form and space of exhibitions, events or printed matter – for audiences to experience art in unconventional ways. While most of her curatorial experience lies in working within an institutional framework commissioning art projects to emerging artists, she is dedicating this year to independent curatorial research and projects, which involves much travel, studio visits, and writing. She is currently at work on three curatorial projects. The first is an exhibition for MALBA in Buenos Aires on the notion of artistic practice as autopsy. The second project is an exhibition that unfolds in stages, and that she is curating for Kadist Foundation in Paris. The exhibition entails a critical approach to the philosophical and aesthetic approaches to the notion of disenchantment. The third is a project for Creative Time in New York City, which she is co-curating it with Nato Thompson; it will entail the selection and commissioning of proposals by artists and other intellectuals about the future of democracy.