Curator Violeta Janeiro participates in this residency programme, because, in her words, "I am interested in moving my research on collaborative practices in art to the Argentine context. Collaborating with CIA is a good opportunity to investigate the application of theories of communication in the participatory art of the sixties in Buenos Aires. My starting point is the legacy of the Di Tella Institute, which marked a generation of artists. For this project I want to dialogue with all those artists from a current perspective."
El Centro de Investigaciones Artísticas, founded by Graciela Hasper, Roberto Jacoby and Judi Werthein, is a non-profit organization under the legal umbrella of the Start Foundation. Since 2009 they have been developing a programme with courses, workshops and conferences that engage artists, scholars, and private and public cultural institutions and enterprises, as well as philanthropic organizations and individuals. Projects involving OR across all artistic genres come together at the Centre, but it is especially interested in those who propose new forms of production, exhibition and exchange; those that expand the notions of "public", "work" and "author"; and those who try to broaden social contexts, breaking the boundaries of the institutionalized artistic scene.
Violeta Janeiro Alfageme (1982) is a curator and researcher. Her work centres primarily on collaborative art practice, the politics of knowledge and alternative forms of production, reception and channelling of art. She has worked at the 52nd Venice Biennale, at the Guggenheim Museum New York (Curatorial Fellowship) and at the Spanish Consulate in Shanghai. She is currently preparing her Doctoral Thesis at Universidad de Santiago de Compostela on collaborative art in Spain during the 1990s. In 2017, she will be working as an Assistant Curator for the Spanish Pavilion at the 57th Biennale di Venezia and preparing exhibitions at the Centro del Carme, Valencia (Spain), the Hangar Artistic Research Centre, Lisbon (Portugal), and Salón, Madrid (Spain). Among her curatorships are: Continent & Content: Spanish Centres for Contemporary Art, Tongji University and Instituto Cervantes in Shanghai (2009); Influences: a route through the European Cultural Scene, EU Pavilion at EXPO Shanghai (2010); and Several Forms of Friendship at the Goma Gallery in Madrid (2016-17).