Local Address: FLORA ars + natura, Bogotá, Colombia

Remapping the Landscape: Culture, Nature, Politics and the Place of Change


Thursday, December 15th, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:00pm 


CP Projects Space
132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, NY 10011


The MA Curatorial Practice program at SVA is pleased to present “Remapping the Landscape: Culture, Nature, Politics and the Place of Change,”  a panel discussion led by José Roca, the founder and artistic director of FLORA ars + natura, an art and residency space in Bogotá, Colombia, that specializes in the relationship between art and nature. He will be in conversation with Gabriela Rangel, director of visual arts and chief curator, the Americas Society, New York, and Ana Sokoloff, a leading art advisor who has championed the Colombian scene for the last two decades. They will discuss the role of independent spaces in the broadening art scene in Colombia, focusing on the evolving process that has shaped FLORA and the Bogotá art scene.

As part of its commitment to connect with the global arts community, MA Curatorial Practice has launched “Local Address,” an ongoing series of events that provides multiple entry points to international perspectives presented by practitioners from abroad who discuss the political, social, and economic urgencies that impact cultural production in a local place. These first-person narratives offer New York audiences an invaluable understanding of local conditions and situations in cities that range from Beijing to Bogotá, Bridgetown to Beirut, and others.


In times of social and political turbulence, we aspire to foster the development and exchange of new ideas and cross-cultural understanding, promoting a diversity of views and intellectual thought through peer-to-peer learning and critical discourse.



José Roca

José Roca is a Colombian curator based in Bogotá.  He is the Founder and Artistic Director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá, and Curator of the LARA (Latin American Roaming Art) Collection. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London. For the prior decade, he managed the arts program at the Banco de la República 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). In 2010, Roca was the artistic director of Philagrafika, Philadelphia’s international triennial. 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).


Gabriela Rangel

Gabriela Rangel is the  visual arts director and chief curator at the Americas Society located in New York City. Born in Venezuela, Rangel holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; an MA in Media and Communications Studies from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela; and a BA in Film Studies from the Escuela Internacional de Cine at San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.


Ana Sokoloff

Ana Sokoloff is a Colombian art advisor and founding partner at Sokoloff + Associates, LLC in Long Island City, New York, where she has been working closely over the past decade with private collectors and institutions in Latin America, the U.S and Europe. Prior to this, she served as the vice president of the department of Latin American paintings at Christie’s New York. Ms. Sokoloff began her career as the director of exhibitions and cultural programs at the Permanent Mission of Colombia to the United Nations and later as an exhibition coordinator at the Americas Society. She has curated several exhibitions for international venues, given conferences and written critical essays on contemporary and Latin American art for international art journals. Ms. Sokoloff holds a law degree from Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia, and an MA in Theory of Art History from Columbia University in New York.