Performance in Mexico—Approaches and Strategies

This roundtable will be a space to think about the recent history of performance and action art in Mexico from a contemporary perspective, analyzing—comparatively or not—the current state of affairs and the development of creative strategies with the hopes of understanding both discursive and institutional challenges


Hortensia Ramírez studied Philosophy at the UNAM and Painting at the School of Painting, Sculpture, and Engraving at ESMERALDA. She has dedicated her professional career to the production, promotion, and organization of performance. As a visiting artist, she participated in the Nippon International Performance Art Festival, the Metropolitan Art festival in the city of Tokyo, and the Performance et télé Interactive Le Lieu, Center Art Actuel in Québec, Canada, among other international performance festivals.

Elia Espinosa has served as Researcher of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas (Institute of Aesthetic Research) at the UNAM since 1984. She is a member of Mexico’s National System of Researchers (SNI). Her research interests include plastic and visual arts in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a special focus on non-objectual art (performance, installation, body art), the relationship between poetry and painting, the nature of perception among artists and audiences, and the image and the potential of corporeality.

Roberto de la Torre is a visual artist based in Mexico City. He is a professor at the ENPEG La Esmeralda, Centro Nacional de las Artes, where he originally studied Visual Arts. de la Torre has participated in several national and international arts festivals, and his work has been presented in eighteen countries around the world, in regions such as North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. He was co-founder of the experimental art group 19 concreto (1990-1995).

Pilar Villela is an artist, essayist, producer, and translator. She has published several essays and has shown her work individually and collectively in Mexico and abroad. She has collaborated with various institutions, organizing activities that combine art exhibitions and academic presentations. She is currently a member of the National System of Creators of the FONCA.

Sol Henaro (Moderator) served as co-curator of MUCA Roma from 2000 to 2003. In 2004, she founded la Celda Contemporánea, a project she directed until 2006. She has curated dozens of exhibitions, including No-Grupo: Un zangoloteo al corsé artístico (Museo de Arte Modern, 2010). From 2011 to mid-2015, she held the position of Curator of Artistic Archives at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáne (MUAC). Since 2015, she has served as Curator of Documentary Collections at MUAC, where she also manages the Arkheia Documentation Center.