Visual artist who experiments with the management of roles circulating in the field of the arts (curation, research, and management), building platforms that bring visibility to artistic and collaborative strategies as well as those empowering the artists of her generation. She observes the arts community as a mirror that reflects the utopias of her time.
Ibarra studied Visual Arts at Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado La Esmeralda, part of Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, and at Germany’s Hochschule für Bildende Künste HBK, as well as studying Graphic Design with a focus on editorial design at the Escuela Gestalt de Diseño in Xalapa, Mexico.
From 2009–2011 Ibarra directed the independent space OVO, for which she was nominated for the Premio Nacional de la Juventud in the arts in 2012 and was made a FONCA Jóvenes Creadores fellow in 2012-2013. In 2013 she received support from PAC for various curatorial projects, and in 2014 Ibarra collaborated with fellow artists to found Boomerang, a forum for spaces and collectives from across the country. In 2015 she was a participant in the Curatorial Intensive Course hosted by Independent Curators International in Bogotá, Colombia. Ibarra received support in 2016 from Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo (PAC) for the digital platform YEI, created by Ibarra in 2014, which brings together 521 self-managed artists from independent projects throughout Latin America. She was also awarded a grant for promotion and co-investment in the visual arts for the publication of her research project titled "Tomar la ola: Movimiento de los Espacios Independientes en México."
Tamara Ibarra has exhibited at the Museo de Arte Moderno, the Museo Nacional de la Estampa, in addition to galleries and independent spaces in Mexico, Canada, Germany and the Philippines. She has curated exhibitions at the Mexico’s Centro Nacional de las Artes and at the National Museum of the Philippines.