The 12th Shanghai Biennale: Proregress

About Chief Curator:

Cuauhtémoc Medina

Cuauhtémoc Medina   Art critic, curator and historian. He was born in Mexico City, December 5 1965. Medina holds a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Art from the University of Essex in Britain and a BA in History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). 


Since 1993 he has been a full time researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), lecturer at the Philosophy Faculty and the Postgraduate Department of Art History of the same university, and between 2002 and 2008 was the first Associate Curator of Latin American Art Collections at the Tate Modern. 


He has widely published texts in books, catalogues and periodicals, and among other things between 1999 and 2013 he was in charge of the art critical section of the Reforma newspaper in Mexico city, titled “Ojo Breve”.  A recent compilations on his critical interventions on art in Mexico has been published with the title Abuso Mutuo (Mutual Abuse)  by Cubo Blanco and RM in 2017.


Among other projects, he has organized When Faith Moves Mountains (Lima, Peru, 2001) by Francis Alÿs; The Age of Discrepancies, Art and Visual Culture in Mexico 1968–1997, (in collaboration with Olivier Debroise, Pilar García and Alvaro Vazquez, 2007-2008); Teresa Margolles's project for the Mexican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2009, What Else Could We Talk About?, Dominó Canibal (Cannibal Dominoes) (2010), one year long series for, the Contemporary Art Project (PAC) in Murcia, Spain; and in 2012, he was Head Curator of the Manifesta 9 Biennial in Genk, Belgium, titled The Deep of the Modern,  in association with Katerina Gregos and Dawn Ades. Since 2013, he is Chief Curator at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico city, where he has curated a number of exhibitions  by artists such as Harun Farocki, Raqs Media Collective, Jeremy Deller, Andrea Fraser, Vicente Rojo, Vincent Meessen, Jorge Macchi, Jill Magid and Hito Steyerl, among others. He has also recently curated Francis Alÿs A Story of Negotation, (2014-)  a travelling show organized for museums in Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Canada and the USA. 


In 2013 he was granted the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement by the Menil Foundation in Houston, Texas.




About Co-Curators:

María Belén Sáez de Ibarra

María Belén Sáez de Ibarra    Curator and cultural manager. Based in Bogotá. Law degree received at the University Pontificia Javeriana of Bogotá, Masters in International Environmental Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, at The University of London. After some years directing the visual arts office at the Ministry of Culture in Colombia, and advising this bureau, she is in charge of the Direction of Culture at the National University of Colombia that programs and directs the Museum of Art (a contemporary space), the Auditorio Leon de Greiff (A large-scale acoustic music hall) and the Claustro de San Agustin (A colonial building devoting to cultural heritage studies). Working on a transdisciplinary basis, she has focused the public program in commissioning and producing experimental large projects that challenge the roles and borders among cultural/social practices and arts, involving group teams set to work on long-term research projects. One of the investigation threads she is dealing with is the project “Cosmopolitics of the Forest”.


She is part of curatorial processes at the Biennial of Sao Paulo, and Havana, and has curated shows involving video, sound installation and large-scale site-specific projects; also musical and stage productions both classical and contemporary. Working with artists such as Ryoji Ikeda, Clemencia Echeverri, Jose Alejandro Restrepo, Miguel Angel Rojas, Ursula Biemann, Doris Salcedo, Heiner Goebbels, among others. 



Yukie Kamiya

Yukie Kamiya    Curator and Art Critic. She has been Director of Gallery, Japan Society, New York, since 2015.


Previously, Kamiya was Chief Curator of Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan and served Associate Curator at New Museum, New York. She has curated exhibitions internationally and organized monographic exhibitions including Cai Guo Qiang, Yoko Ono, Jiro Takamatsu, Do Ho Suh, and others. She also served for cultural institutions including the Japan Foundation, Goethe Institute as a guest curator and co-curated group exhibitions Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflection of Imagination of Asia (2015-2017), Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s (2013), and Under Construction: New Dimension of Asian Art (2002-2003), which toured to East Asian cities. Kamiya received the Academic Prize from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo for her curation of Simon Starling: Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima) in 2011.


Her writings have appeared in periodicals, also in publications including Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise (Skira/Rizzoli, 2017), Ravaged: Art and Culture in Times of Conflict (Mercatorfounds, 2014), California-Pacific Triennial (Orange County Museum, 2013), Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, 2010) and Taipei Biennial (Taipei Fine Art Museum, 2006). Kamiya has served on selection committees including for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese and Tokyo metropolitan governments, DAAD, and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé International Program. Studied art history at Waseda University, Tokyo, she served Visiting Professor at the university from 2008-2013.



Wang Weiwei

Wang Weiwei is a curator. After having obtained her bachelor’s in Korean Studies from Fudan University’s College of Foreign Languages and Literatures in China and her master’s from the Department of Archaeology and Art History in South Korea’s Seoul National University, Wang Weiwei has garnered much experience as a curator at the  Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai. Since 2015, Wang Weiwei initiated and planned the MoCA Pavilion, the project space of MoCA Shanghai, which continues to serve as an experimental platform that showcases the artists’ works from around China as well as abroad. Wang is currently working on a research project about East Asian contemporary art society through the 2017 Curator in Residency Program in Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan and the 2017 MMCA International Research Fellowship project in National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. Recent exhibitions include Ballade --- Animamix Contemporary Art(curator, 2017) in Macao Museum of Art, Macao, and The Light that I Feel – Yang Fudong’s Solo Exhibition (co-curator, 2016) at Daegu Art Museum in South Korea.


After becoming the in-house curator of MoCA, Shanghai since 2010, Wang launched several rounds of group exhibitions with the title +Follow, which featured the creative experiments of young Chinese artists. Besides all this, Wang has also curated several exhibitions including: Reflection of Minds – MoCA Shanghai Envisage (2010), KUSAMA YAYOI -- A Dream I Dreamed (co-curator, 2013), Rediscovery: Animamix Biennale2013 – 2014, and Space in Mind – The Animamix Biennale2015-2016. Wang Weiwei also had worked as the coordinator for the Creative Center at Bund18 (2008~2009) and then as the coordinator for the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA. 2009~2010).