Photo: Rachel Liz
Almudena Escobar López is an independent curator, archivist, and researcher from Galicia, Spain. She is Assistant Professor on Film History, Film Preservation and Collection Management at the School of Image Arts of the Toronto Metropolitan University. Her work focuses largely on coloniality, anti-ethnography, visual historiography, and artistic practices that propose alternative ways of understanding territoriality. Almudena is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Visual and Cultural Studies program at the University of Rochester.
As a guest curator, Almudena has curated and co-curated a number of film and video series which have been presented at Anthology Film Archives, CineMigrante Argentina, Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá, UnionDocs, ICDOCS, Visual Studies Workshop, Cineteca Nacional de México, Alternative Film/Video, among others. She was Assistant Curator of Media Arts at the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) in Rochester from 2018 until 2021 where she presented the work of Ja’Tovia Gary, Sky Hopinka, Tara Merenda Nelson, Kalup Linzy, Tony Cokes, among other artists. 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.
She was program advisor of the 2020 and 2022 editions of Art of the Real at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and is the curator of Cinema of Sensations: the Never-Ending Screen of Val del Omar, an exhibition that will present the work of José Val del Omar at the Museum of Moving Image in New York with the support of the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. With Sky Hopinka, she co-curated the 67th Flaherty Film Seminar, Continents of Drifting Clouds.