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José Roca (Sydney Biennial Curator & FLORA ars+natura & LARA Collection Director) at 20-22 The Ongoing Biennial

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC-4

Please note our special live time for this event:

Apr 7th, 1-2pm (Live / Sydney, Australia Time, or 11pm-12am EDT-New York time)

Apr 7th, 1-2pm (Recording / usual EDT-New York time)


José Roca (23rd Biennale of Sydney Curator, FLORA ars+natura and LARA Collection Director)

in conversation with FHI Social Practice Lab Director Pedro Lasch

with a response by Esther Gabara, Duke AAHVS and Romance Studies Associate Professor and Pop América Curator/Author.

José Roca is a Colombian curator, currently the Artistic Director of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney. He runs FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá, and is the curator of the LARA collection, Singapore. From 2012 to 2015 he was the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London. He managed for a decade the arts program at the Banco de la República (MAMU) in Bogotá. Roca was a co-curator of the I Poly/graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2004), the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006) and the Encuentro de Medellín MDE07 (2007), and was the Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia’s international Triennial celebrating print in contemporary art. He served on the awards jury for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007), and was the chief curator of the 8 Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011). He is the author of Transpolitical: art in Colombia 1992-2012 (with Sylvia Suárez), and Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers (with Alejandro Martín), published by the Bard Graduate Center in New York in conjunction with the exhibition Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture (2014). Roca was the Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program (2001-2002), and the Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (i2002-2003). He was the recipient of the CIFO Curatorial Achievement Award (2012) and the Montblanc de la Culture Prize (2017). Lives in Sydney.

Free and open to all, anywhere in the world

Guest bio, registration link, and full calendar information included below

20-22 The Ongoing Biennial – A Weekly Conversation Cycle with International Curators

Every Wednesday 1-2pm (EST/GMT-5)

Jan 27th and May 5th, 2021

Organized by Pedro Lasch and the FHI Social Practice Lab with support from the Franklin Humanities I World Arts Initiative at Duke University, this Conversation Cycle is part of a larger program entitled ’20-22 The Ongoing Biennial’. In person visits with some of our guests will also be presented at a later stage in collaboration with the the AAHVS Department and the Nasher Museum of Art.

Set in the context of an unprecedented pandemic, global shutdowns, and the rethinking of every aspect of exhibition making, our remote conversations will include curators and other international arts professionals. The first year of the public program will focus on short online dialogues with individual guests. Our one hour long remote events will begin with a casual interview, focusing on the particular trajectory and ideas of each guest in the series, followed by comments from a respondent and questions from the audience. Within this format, we also hope to provide an opportunity for joint reflection on these highly unusual times. Programming for the second year will be announced at a time of greater certainty.

One-time registration at this link will give you access to all of these free and public events:



See full calendar below and click on guest names to see bios and more information for each week

Jan 27 – Ralph Rugoff

Feb 3 – Cuauhtémoc Medina

Feb 10 – Trevor Schoonmaker

Feb 17 – Candice Hopkins

Feb 24 – Lucia Pietrioiusti

Mar 3 – Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Mar 10 [Break]

Mar 17 – Andrea Giunta

Mar 24 – Yuko Hasegawa

Mar 31 – Miguel López

Apr 7 – José Roca

Apr 14 – Gabi Ngcobo

Apr 21 – Hoor Al Qasimi

Apr 28 – Rujeko Hockley

May 5 – Ruangrupa


April 7
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC-4
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