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Independent Curators International Names Miguel A. Lopez 2016 Independent Vision Award Winner

The Independent Curators International announced today that Miguel A. Lopez, chief curator of TEOR/éTica in San Jose, Costa Rica, will receive the 2016 Independent Vision Curatorial Award, which includes a $3,000 prize in support of new projects.

Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, chose Lopez from a pool of twelve finalists, who were nominated by arts professionals affiliated with ICI. Sirmans said, “Lopez’s vital ability to go back and forth between a variety of exhibitions as a curator between important monographic shows and more speculative presentations of works in thematically driven group shows is remarkable.” He added, “He is an important young voice whose past projects suggest a brilliant future.”

Lopez is a Peruvian writer, researcher, and cofounder of Red Conceptualismos del Sur—an international research platform that focuses on political experiences and Latin American art in the 1960s and 1970s. In 2012, he joined the Lima Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee, and he is a founding member of Bisagra, a curator- and artist-led project in Lima that develops experimental programs and exhibitions.

Established in 2010 as an initiative of the Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, the Independent Vision Curatorial Award is a biennial prize that recognizes contemporary art curators in the early stages of their careers. Previous recipients include Doryun Chong, chief curator at M+ in Hong Kong; Nav Haq, curator of the 2017 Göteborg International Biennial; and Jay Sanders, curator of performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.