residency: OctoberNovember 2020

Tonatiuh Lopez (Mexico)

Tonatiuh Lopez

is a writer, art historian and activist. The topics his practice addresses range from gender studies to the theory of love, and the exploration of possibilities to effectively link art and society. Since 2014, Tonatiuh has been researching on Mexican and international art produced from the experience of those living with HIV in order to use art in sexual health education. He also incorporates art and writing in activism around harm reduction, drug policies and public and mental health of the LGBT+ community. T. is a member of the Museo Arte Contemporáneo Ecatepec (MArCE) collective; a museum without walls that seeks to rescue the traditions, spaces, affections and particular ways of living of this region, as well as being a platform for other creative activisms from feminisms, socio-environmental regeneration and defense of the territory. For T., living consists of solving the problem of love, that is also sexuality and also the pedagogy of the bodies; three acts through which we create a community, vulnerable but powerful, with possibilities of revolution and justice. 

T. was also head of the educational department of Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, and Museo Morelense de Arte Contemporáneo Juan Soriano, Cuernavaca, Mexico. He has received grants and recognitions, such as the Museums Connect award from the American Alliance of Museums; the Trust Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts, Trinity College Dublin; the William Bullocks Critical Museology Award, British Council / MUAC, Mexico, among others.

Tonatiuh Lopez is a participant of the ReDirecting: East x Empathic Pedagogies: Future Intimacies seminar.


  • Seminar curator

    • Marianna Dobkowska

  • Curatorial and conceptual collaboration

    • Amado Cabrales, Julia Harasimowicz, Lola Malavasi, Aisel Wicab

  • Coordinator

    • Katarzyna Sztarbała