Diversifying Collections: Re-shaping Art and Art History


6:00 - 7:00 pm


admission free

We bring together curators from Tate Modern and the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) to discuss collecting indigenous art and the challenges posed to dominant art histories by the representation of indigenous art on a global art stage.

Pablo José Ramírez, Curator of First Nations and Indigenous Art at Tate, and Diego Chocano, Assistant Curator of ESCALA will join Giuliana Borea, curator of our current show ‘Place-making, World-making’ that showcases the work of three Amazonian Indigenous Artists: Rember Yahuarcani, Brus Rubio and Harry Pinedo/Inin Metsa.

Together they will discuss the process of re-framing art collections transnationally, as they question existing art histories, explore new alternatives, address the politics of diversity and create a space for marginalised voices to be heard.

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Pablo José Ramírez 

Pablo José Ramírez is a curator, art writer and cultural theorist from ancestral Maya-Ki´che´ territory. He is the Adjunct Curator of First Nations and Indigenous Art at Tate Modern.

His work revisits post-colonial societies to consider non-western ontologies, indigeneity and forms of racial occlusion. In 2014 he co-curated the 19th Paiz Biennial: Trans-visible. Ramírez is the Editor in Chief and co-founder of Infrasonica, a curatorial online platform dedicated to the research around sonic non-western cultures. From 2014-2016, Ramirez was a co-curator for of the research and exhibition project Guatemala Despues, presented at The New School/Parsons School of Design. He has published and lectured extensively including the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, FKA Witte de With, Gasworks, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, University of Glasgow, University of Cape Town, The New School, Times Museum and ParaSite.

Diego Chocano

Diego Chocano is a Peruvian curator, researcher and writer based in the UK.

He has written for publications including Burlington Contemporary and Map Magazine and has worked on exhibitions in Scotland, Argentina and England in institutions including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow and the University of Essex. He is currently the Assistant Curator for the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America and the University Art Collections at the University of Essex, and a Curator for entre – rios, an international and interdisciplinary research group that aims to inspire ecological awareness and critical discussions about sustainability.

This event will be moderated by Dr Giuliana Borea, guest-curator of ‘Place-making, Worldmaking’ exhibition.