City Gallery Wellington is delighted to partner with Massey University Whiti o Rehua School of Art, and Te Whare Hera International Artist Residency to present a lecture by visiting Colombian curator José Roca.
Roca is the author of Transpolitical: art in Colombia 1992-2012 (with Sylvia Suárez); 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); Time For Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection (with NAME editions); and rīvus: A Glossary of Water (with Juan Francisco Salazar), published as a companion to the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.
In 2022, he was the Artistic Director of rīvus, the 23rd Biennale of Sydney. From 2012 to 2022 he managed FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá. Roca was also the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London (2012-15), and curator of the LARA collection, Singapore (2012-20).