Almudena Escobar López is an independent curator, archivist, and researcher from Galicia, Spain. She currently works at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, where she curates the Media Arts Watch installation program; and is a Ph.D. candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Her research interests include experimental film and documentary, artistic practices that investigate archives and museums, visual historiography, post-colonial, and anti-ethnographic film. She has received grants and fellowships from institutions such as the Flaherty Seminar, the Fulbright Commission, Humanities New York, and FOCAL international. She will be leading the 2020 Images Research Forum within the context of the 33rd Images Festival (April 16–22, 2020).
Almudena has curated and programmed internationally at Cineteca Nacional de México, Anthology Film Archives, UnionDocs, Cinema Camp, Baltic Analog Lab, VTape, The Alternative Film/Video film festival, The Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival (FLEX), Vdrome, among other spaces. She is a member of the collective screening project On-Film and co-curated with Herb Shellenberger the 2018’ Winter/Spring Flaherty NYC series ‘Common Visions’ at Anthology Film Archives.
Aside from her curatorial experience, her writing has been published at MoMA Magazine, Walden, Vdrome, Vertical Features, MUBI Notebook, The Brooklyn Rail, Afterimage, Film Quarterly, and Desistfilm Magazine, among other publications and catalogs. Since 2017 she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Visual Studies Workshop, and the Advisory Board of Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center in Buffalo, NY; and more recently has joined the International Fund Development Team of Media City Film Festival.