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About the Curator

This exhibit was organized by the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University and curated by María Elena Ortiz, Associate Curator  Pérez Art Museum Miami where she has curated At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean (2014), Firelei Báez: Bloodlines (2015), and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors (upcoming). In 2015,

From 2011 to 2013, Ortiz was the Curator of Contemporary Arts at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City, where she organized several projects including Carlos Motta, The Shape of Freedom and Rita Ponce de León: David. In 2012, she curated Wherever You Roam at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach.

She has worked with international and national institutions such as New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Teorética, San Jose, Costa Rica; the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco; and Tate Modern, London. Ortiz also contributed to the publications Fluent Collaborative, Curating Now, and Terremoto Magazine. In 2014, she was the recipient of the The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.