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RSVP to the Onsite Reception: Friday, November 11, 7 – 8 PM

Kaplan Gallery

November 9, 2022 – January 8, 2022

2022 Emerging Curator

Arnaldo Rodríguez Bagué is an artist, curator, and researcher from San Juan, Puerto Rico. They studied a BA in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2006) and a MA in Cultural Management and Administration in 2015 from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. They continued their formation in the Independent Curator International’s Curatorial Intensive in 2015 and Beta Local’s La Práctica from 2016 to 2017. Their visual art practice explores the relations between Caribbean colonial and natural history through video art, video installation, and cartography. They have exhibited in Beta Local (Old San Juan) and Hidrante (Santurce). Their curatorial practices are centered on Puerto Rican performance art history and on diverse performance and visual art practices that explore counter-hegemonic and speculative approaches to colonial territory in Puerto Rican and the Caribbean. They curated the “Foro Permanente de Performance” from 2013 to 2015, a performance platform in and for the University of Puerto Rico’s Women and Gender Studies Program, and exhibited the platform’s documentation in the exhibition titled “Area de Ensayo” in 2015 at the Univesity’s General Studies Faculty. They co-curated, along with performance artist Mickey Negrón, Asuntos Efímero’s “QUIEBRE: Festival Internacional de Performance” in El Paseo de Diego, Río Piedras, in 2016. Where they also curated experimental dance retrospective “Pisotón: antes de todo género” in La Casa Cultural Ruth Hernández. Currently, they are doctoral candidates in performance studies from Northwestern University (2018-2024). Their doctoral research, “Caribbean-yet-to-come” explores the intersections between performance, materialism, and territory in the Caribbean in a geohistorical moment marked by colonialism, natural disaster, and climate change. Along Ramón Rivera-Servera and Pepe Álvarez Colón, they co-curate the Puerto Rican Arts Initiative.

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