Ivan MuÑiz Reed
Now based in San Fransciso, Associate Curator Ivan Muñiz Reed, is an independent curator and arts writer. He is a founding member and co-director of The Curators' Department and is currently completing a PhD looking at decolonial aesthetics and perspectives from the global south.
He was previously Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia where he worked on a range of exhibitions including Tabaimo: MEKURUMEKU, War is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono, Primavera 2013: Young Emerging Artists, Wangechi Mutu, Ken Whisson: As If, TABOO and Volume One: MCA Collection. In 2011, he was part of the editorial team responsible for the production of Volume One: MCA Collection – a major publication looking at the MCA’s exhibition history and its collections – and he has also contributed to other MCA publications such as In The Balance: Art for a Changing World, and Primavera 2013 and 2014.
His writing has been published by non-for profit organisations such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales, MCA Australia, Penrith Regional Gallery, as well as magazines and galleries such as Broadsheet, Art Monthly, Runway, Art Collector, Das Superpaper and The Commercial. His passion and commitment for emerging artists has resulted in his involvement with initiatives such as the dialogue-based collective The Free Association and SafARI, where he acted as Vice Chair of its board in 2012–13.
As an independent curator he has facilitated a series of cross-cultural projects between his native Mexico and adopted Australian home aiming to provide increased visibility to Mexican art and culture in Australia. In 2009, as recipient of the emerging curator grant at Firstdraft Gallery he curated the exhibition Names and Places, a project between artists from both countries, and in 2012 he was invited by Das Superpaper as guest editor of their 25th issue, which investigated aspects of contemporary Mexican artistic practices and their relationship to Australia.
His recent projects include a survey of 50 years of the Ceramics Studio tradition at the National Art School and solo exhibitions of works by Rosalie Gascoigne (Goulburn Regional Gallery) and John R. Walker (Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra). He completed Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours Class I) at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2008 and is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW Art & Design. His current research focuses on decolonial aesthetics and the impact of the Western academic lens on Latin American art and artists.