Photo Credit:

María Elena Ortiz

About the Curator

María Elena Ortiz is Assistant Curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where she has curated At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean (2014), Firelei Báez: Bloodlines (2015), and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors (upcoming). In 2015, she also curated Video Islands at the Anthology Film Archive, New York. From 2011 to 2013, Ortiz was the Curator of Contemporary Arts at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City, where she organized several projects including Carlos Motta, The Shape of Freedom and Rita Ponce de León: David. In 2012, she curated Wherever You Roam at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. She has collaborated with international and national institutions such as New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Teorética, San Jose, Costa Rica; the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco; and Tate Modern, London. Ortiz has contributed to writing platforms such as Fluent Collaborative, Curating Now, and Terremoto Magazine. In 2014, she was the recipient of the The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.

Listen to Art+Culture Projects CEO, Chris Vroom, in conversation with Maria Elena Ortiz, Assistant Curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) discussing the new PAMM and issues around identity and black culture in the context of diasporic experience as highlighted in Ortiz’s current exhibition of Firelei Báez’s work.