A Colectiva Roundtable
The situation of art in the context of the pandemic
A Colectiva – Professional Association of Artists of Galicia, was born with the aim to give a voice to the contemporary community of artists born in Galicia or who develop their activity in this territory. Some of our goals are to strengthen the professional fabric, analyze the production system or generate specific knowledge for the artistic and cultural sector.
In this edition of A Colectiva Roundtable, the situation of art in the context of the pandemic will be discussed in dialogue with Alejandro Romero (Head of Cultural and Audiovisual Activities), Chema González (coordinator of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale) and Leonor Lloret (Commissioner in Appleton Square). The artist Ruth Montiel, member of A Colectiva, will moderate.
Leonor Lloret (Lisboa, 1981) graduated in Art History from the Faculty of Humanities from the University of Lisbon and the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” (2000-2005). She post-graduated in Art Market Management from INDEG / ISCTE (2007-2008).
Researcher – curator, incorporated to the Museum research group of the University of Seville and later to the Artistic Historical Heritage Conservation Service of the University of Seville (2008-2013).
Responsible for the conservation, cataloging and inventory of old books in the Collection of Frei Manuel do Cenáculo, 16th-18th centuries, of the Public Library of Évora (2010-2011).
Since 2014 she is dedicated to contemporary art, being part of the team of the cultural-artistic space Appleton Square. In 2018 she collaborated in the legal change for a non-profit association as a founding associate, being responsible for the Strategy and Development area. Together with Vera Appleton, she programs the space, supporting itineraries, exchanges and relationships with Portuguese and international peer and artistic institutions. In 2021 she started the Appleton 7 program, dedicated to film and video art.
Ruth Montiel Arias, Palmeira (A Coruña) 1977, graduated in Applied Arts from the Pablo Picasso Higher Education School of Arts in A Coruña. She completed the Master of Concept and Creation Photography EFTI, Madrid and the Master of Corporate Identity at the Elisava School of Design, Barcelona.
Her personal projects investigate the human relationship with the natural territory and its conflicts derived from animal, environmental and social domination and oppression. Her work has been exhibited in cultural institutions such as the Cultural Center of Spain in Lima (Peru), Landkreis Galerie in Germany or the Casa de Mono Foundation in Cali (Colombia). On a national level her work has been seen in La Casa Encendida, Matadero, the Cristina Enea Foundation in Donostia, MAC in A Coruña, Cidade da Cultura in Santiago de Compostela, as well as in national galleries such as Galería Cero, Galería Liebre, La New Gallery or Noestudio in Madrid, and international ones like the Moproo gallery in Shanghai, China. Her work has been selected in different art competitions, as well as in scholarships and national and international artistic residencies such as Futures Photography 2020 (Photoespaña), Resident Cultura 2020, Best Photo Essay Lifestyle of the Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival 2019, among many others.
Programmer, curator and cultural worker, he has explored the relationships between contemporary art and the moving image and has carried out extensive audiovisual programming in the field of film essays, political documentaries, experimental cinema and auteur cinema at the Museo Reina Sofía, a center whose film and video programming has been directing since 2012. As axes in this work: recovering silenced looks that rewrite the stories of cinema, connecting film practice with a committed political and theoretical space and understanding cinema as a determining art to transform our construction and interpretation of the world. At present, he is head of cultural and audiovisual activities at the Museo Reina Sofía, an institution in which, together with the cinema, he develops a broad and transversal program of critical debate.
Alejandro Romero (Granada 1968) has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Granada.
He studied his postgraduate studies at the Universities of Paris and Venice, specializing in museum scenography as well as cultural management.
Since 1999 and up to the present, he is the Coordinator of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for both the Contemporary Art and Architecture editions.
Also and since 2003 he is a Visual Arts Technician in the Department of Cultural Cooperation and Promotion of the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, for the Cultural Centers of Spain abroad, as well as for the embassies of Spain.