Almudena Escobar López is an independent curator, archivist, and researcher from Galicia, Spain. She is the Assistant Curator of Media Arts at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester; and is a Ph.D. candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Her work focuses largely on artistic practices that investigate archives and museums, visual historiography, and the decolonial turn. She has received grants and fellowships from institutions such as the Flaherty Seminar, the Fulbright Commission, Humanities New York, and FOCAL international.
Recent exhibitions and programs include Más Allá de lo Real (Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá), Shamanic Materialism: Autonomous Forms of Remembrance (Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester), Ja’Tovia Gary: Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE) (Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester), La Tierra que Respira (Cineteca Nacional de México), Images that Breathe: Radical Memory in Times of Amnesia (UnionDocs), The Division of Love (Baltic Analog Lab, Riga), Intimate Topographies (Cinema Camp, Salos manor), Weightless Present ( The Alternative Film/Video film festival, Belgrade). 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. She was program advisor of the 2020 edition of Art of the Real at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
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. Escobar served as a Film/Video panelist for the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in 2021.