Pablo José Ramírez
Pablo José Ramírez (1982 Xela, Guatemala) is a curator and political theorist who is the Founder and Director of the Symposium of Contemporary Art and Political Theory, Absurdo. Ramírez is interested in the relationship between art and political theory, indigenous communal practices, and critical exploration of the forms of racialization particular to modern states in Latin America.
He has given talks at the CAA in New York; Central 2 Tracks, Costa Rica; ICI (Independent Curators International) New York; New School, New York; Glasgow School of Arts, United Kingdom; University of Montevideo, Uruguay; Actual/FLACSO, Ecuador Art. Recent curatorial projects include: This Might Be a Place for Hummingbirds (CCA, Glasgow, UK, co-curated with Remco de Blaaij), The Transmodern Dictionary in collaboration with Terike Haapoja; and Guatemala Después, (co-curator, Parsons New School, New York), and MUXU´X de Benvenuto Chavajay (Ciudad de la Imaginación, Xela, Guatemala). He is working on a solo show of Adan Vallecillo (Museo de la Identidad Nacional, Tegucigalpa).
From 2010 to 2014 he was Executive Director of Ciudad de la Imaginación. Ramírez was part of the jury of the 8th Inquieta Image contest at MADC (Museum of Contemporary Art and Design), Costa Rica, 2015, and was a member of the jury of the second edition of the open call Contextos Volcánicos, Teoretica, 2015. He was co-curator of the 19th Bienal de Arte Paiz. He is a resident curator of CPR (Curatorial Program Research) South American edition, and he is currently conducting research for Goldsmith's in the Andean and Mesoamerican region on aspects of pre Hispanic and colonial appropriation in contemporary art.