PRINT Summer 1999


Carlos Basualdo talks with Rosa Martínez

“A BIENNIAL SHOULD BE A PROFOUNDLY political and spiritual event. It contemplates the present with a desire to transform it.” This is the ideal Rosa Martínez brings to her role as curator of SITE Santa Fe’s Third International Biennial Exhibition. A seasoned member of the new generation of globally aware, often peripatetic international curators, Martínez is passionate about her own role in producing such an exhibit: “I want to create events that translate the emotions and thoughts of a very precise moment in relation to a very specific place.”

Initially a student of literature and language (she considered pursuing an advanced degree in philology), Martínez eventually found her way to art history, a field that unexpectedly brought together, and even reanimated, her interests. In 1977, she was appointed head of the arts education programs at Fundació “la Caixa,” in Barcelona. (Spain’s main

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