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Dr Ana Bilbao Yarto

Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Afterall/CSM)
Central Saint Martins
Researcher Research
Ana  Bilbao Yarto


I am an editor of Afterall Journal and a Research Fellow at the Afterall Research Centre in Central Saint Martins.

I completed a PhD in Art History and Theory with specialisation in Curatorial Theory and Practice at the University of Essex. I have an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the University of Essex (with Distinction), a BA in Art History and Curating at UDLAP in Mexico (Magna Cum Laude), and a Diploma in Museum Studies at Leeds University.

My research is centred on the emergence and proliferation of Small Visual Arts Organisations (SVAOs) in various parts of the world from the 1990s-present. I approach the transdisciplinary curatorial strategies developed by these small arts spaces as crucial to understanding the broader arts ecology of our time. Most significantly I see SVAOs as a missing piece in the history of exhibition-making.

More generally speaking, I am interested in the history of display from the cabinet of curiosities to the present, and in historial trajectories of modern and contemporary art in the global south. As an editor, I am interested in the articulation of artistic cross-cultural narratives, as well as in decolonial methodologies in editing and writing.