SOMA Summer

SOMA Summer


April 27, 2011
SOMA Summer

Six-week summer program for international artists, curators, critics, and art historians in Mexico City.
July 3–August 13, 2011

Application deadline:
Online applications will be accepted until Friday May 13, 2011. The size of the group is limited to twenty participants. There are only a few remaining slots available.
[email protected]

SOMA Summer is a unique six-week program for visual artists, curators, critics, and art historians in Mexico City. The program is conducted in English.


SOMA Summer offers a series of short seminars and workshops led by a selection of renowned Mexican and international artists and curators. A number of guided visits to museums and artists studios are scheduled. Participants also have the possibility of meeting weekly with a variety of artists and curators for individual critiques and conversations. This six-week intensive program culminates with an open studio/lecture event, where participants will show the development of their work.

SOMA Summer will introduce participants to the very dynamic art scene in Mexico City. This summer, workshops and seminars will focus primarily on methods of appropriation and re-use, including discussions about the ready-made, the copy, détournement, and remix culture. Activities are designed to promote intense creative work and artistic dialogue.

Participants will have access to shared studio spaces at SOMA facilities. All studios have wireless internet access. At present, there are no photo, video or printing facilities. However, for those who participate in the program SOMA will assist in finding affordable production in Mexico City, regardless of medium or method.

Applicants must have significant experience in their field. They are expected to participate in all of the program’s activities. Applicants must hold a valid passport.


Group Critique: six-hour group critique with Carla Herrera-Prats (artist, MX)
Affective Labour of Caring and Politics of Dedication: nine-hour workshop with Larissa Harris (curator, USA) and Anthony Huberman (curator, CH)
Appropriation and Intellectual Property in Contemporary Art: 9-hour seminar with Nate Harrison (artist and writer, USA)
Alternative Education Strategies – Learning and Art Education as a UtopianGroup Process: 9-hour workshop with Nils Norman (artist, UK)
Residue and Appropriation: A Theoretical Approach: 9 hour seminar with Mariana Botey
(artist/theorist, MX)
Varieties of Readymade Experience: 9-hour seminar with Anthony Graves (artist and writer, USA)
Off sideDF: 9-hour site specific workshop with Eduardo Abaroa (artist, MX)

Magalí Arriola (curator, MX)
Tania Candiani (artist, MX)
Ruth Estevez (curator, MX)
Gonzalo Lebrija (artist, MX)
Cuauhtémoc Medina (curator, MX)
Artemio Narro (artist, MX)
Yoshua Okón (artist, MX)
Gonzalo Ortega (curator, MX)
Edgar Orlaineta (artist, MX)
Víctor Palacios (curator, MX)
Bárbara Perea (curator, MX)
Vicente Razo (artist, MX)
Jorge Reynoso (curator, MX)
Tyler Rowland (artist, USA)
Melanie Smith (artist, UK/MX)

For a complete list of activities scheduled for this summer, workshops and seminars description, please visit:


Online applications will be accepted until Friday May 13, 2011. However, the size of the group is limited to twenty participants and the application review process begins April 01, 2011.

– Cover letter
– Work statement
– Portfolio of twenty images or writing samples
– audio and video documentation can be uploaded via youtube or vimeo (indicate the URLS in your work statement)

Notice: All texts and portfolio must be uploaded in PDF format.

For additional questions, please contact:
Carla Herrera-Prats at [email protected]
Calle 13 #25 casi esq. Revolución,
Col. San Pedro de los Pinos,
03800 México D.F.
tel: (5255) 5277 4947
twitter: @SOMAmexico


Tuition is 3,000 USD for the six-week program, which does not include accommodations, per diem or transportation. 5,500 USD is a reasonable total budget approximation for the six-week stay in Mexico City (tuition, housing, food, recreation, transportation). SOMA Summer will assist participants with locating housing.

We have a special rate at Hostal Virreyes:


Based on portfolio review and proof of financial need, a limited number of participants will be eligible to tuition discounts. Send a request letter with your application [email protected].


SOMA is an experimental pedagogical project launched in 2010 conceived to promote discussion and exchange in the field of contemporary art.

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April 27, 2011

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