Jota Castro is a Brussels-based Franco-Peruvian artist, curator, a former diplomat with the United Nations and the European Union, consulting editor Janus Magazine (Belgium) and Nolens Volens (Spain) and teacher at the European University (Madrid)
In 2009, he curated the Fear Society at the Pabellon De La Urgencia for the 53rd Venice Biennale (Italy). In the same year, he successfully negotiated Murcia’s regional candidature for Manifesta 8 (Spain), and curated “Y ahora que?” at the SOS 48 Festival in Spain, which included two days of music, philosophy and art for approximately 80,000 spectators. In 2010 he created the collective “The Visceralists” with Christian Viveros-Fauné. The Visceralists curated Spasticus Artisticus at the Ceri Hand Gallery in Liverpool and later collaborated on Dirty Kunst at Seventeen Gallery, London.
His work has been exhibited extensively around the world, participating in the Venice, Tirana, Prague, Sydney, Moscow and Kwangju Biennales, and winning the Gwangju Biennale Prize in 2004. In 2009 he was the winner of the Art dans la Cite’s European Festival of Visual arts in Hospitals. In 1983 he received the Young Peruvian Poet prize. He studied international studies and law at the University Paris-Sorbonne and was the first Latin-American to study at the college of Europe in Brugge.
Christian Viveros-Fauné is a New York-based writer and curator, an ex-art dealer and an ex-art fair director. As a writer, he has published in, among other venues, Art in America, artnet, Artnews, Art Papers, Art Review, The Art Newspaper, El Mercurio (Chile), Frieze, Lapiz (Spain), La Tercera (Chile), La Vanguardia (Spain), Life & Style (Mexico), Quien (Mexico), The New Yorker and The New York Press (for which he was the weekly art critic between 1998-2003).
Viveros-Fauné has also contributed essays for various catalogs of contemporary art, among them “Authentic/Ex-centric: Conceptualism in Contemporary African Art (Biennale di Venezia 49); “Symptomatic: Recent Works by Perry Hoberman” (National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, UK); “Lisa Yuskavage”(Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico); “Neo Rauch” (David Zwirner Gallery, NY, USA); “Spencer Tunick: Citadinos” (Coleccion Andres Blaistein, Mexico City, Mexico); and “Beuys and Beyond” (Deutschebank Collection traveling exhibition). Between 2001-2010 he curated the exhibitions Ricos y Famosos: Young Chilean Art in a New Millenium (Museo de la Solidaridad, Santiago, Chile), BQE (White Box Gallery, NY); Armando Morales (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico); L Factor (Exit Art, NY, USA); Yishai Jusidman: Paintworks (Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City and Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico), Plain Air: Extraordinary Landscapes (2nd Canary Island Biennial, Tenerife, Spain), Spasticus Artisticus (Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK) and Dirty Kunst (seventeen gallery, London). Upcoming curatorial projects include “Shoot the Shooter” at the Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile (August, 2011).
Viveros-Fauné was awarded a 2010 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and named inaugural Critic-in-Residence at the Bronx Museum for 2010/2011. He writes the Free Lance column for ArtReview magazine, art criticism for The Village Voice and The Paris Review Daily, and was recently a Visiting Lecturer at Yale University. A collection of his criticism is forthcoming in Spanish from Metales Pesados, S.A.
Photo: Jota Castro and Christian Viveros-Fauné. Courtesy Dublin Contemporary.