Almudena Escobar López is an independent curator, archivist, and researcher from Galicia. She is Time-Based Media Curatorial Assistant at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY 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 the Flaherty Seminar, the Fulbright Commission, FOCAL international, Pordenone Silent Film Festival, and Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Most recently she was a curatorial fellow at VTape in Toronto, and a Public Humanities Fellow within the Humanities New York program.
She has curated programs for UnionDocs, Cinema Camp (Lithuania), Baltic Analog Lab (Latvia), The Alternative Film/Video film festival (Serbia), The Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival (FLEX), Vtape (Canada), and ULTRAcinema (Mexico). 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, Almudena has contributed criticism to 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 in Rochester, NY; 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.