José Roca

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.


20-22 The Ongoing Biennial Video Recording:

José Roca in Conversation with Pedro Lasch and Esther Gabara