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 (MAG) in Rochester. 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. 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 Sarah Friedland Sarah Friedland: Assembled Choreographies (Hartnett Gallery), 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) (MAG, 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). Almudena 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, and is the curator of Cinema of Sensations, 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 is the co-curator of the 2022 Flaherty Film Seminar.
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.