Pablo Santa Olalla

PhD in Art History (International Mention) in the Society and Culture Programme at the Universitat de Barcelona. He holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Studies in Art History and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, both from the Universitat de Barcelona. His doctoral thesis reviews the relational networks between the artistic conceptualisms of Latin America and Spain. He is involved in the research projects Modernidad(s) Descentralizada(s): Arte, política y contracultura en el eje transatlántico durante la Guerra Fría [MoDe(s)] and Global Art Archive (GAA), and in the research group Art Globalization Interculturality (AGI).

Throughout 2021, he will be carrying out a research residency at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, with the project “Ser del sur, hacer tele por cable, tener SIDA, y otras vivencias desde el margen. Marroquín, Carrión, Pons, Goulart: una red de artistas migrantes latinoamericanos en Ámsterdam, 1970s-1990s” [Being from the South, making cable TV, having AIDS, and other experiences from the margin. Marroquín, Carrión, Pons, Goulart: a network of Latin American migrant artists in Amsterdam, 1970s-1990s].

He is also interested in art production, curating and archiving. He works at the Fábrica Abierta de Creación Analógica La Escocesa, in Barcelona. He collaborates with the Associació Arxiu Muntadas. Centre d’Estudis i Recerca (ARXIU/AM) since 2015. He has been part of the coordination team of On Mediation. Seminario de formación sobre teoría y prácticas curatoriales (OM), and has recently curated “Muntadas/Silveira. Diálogos. Mundo, Arte, Vida” [Muntadas/Silveira. Dialogues. World, Art, Life] at the Fundação Vera Chaves Barcellos and the gallery Bolsa de Arte, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

His writings have recently been published in The Routledge Companion to Digital Humanities and Art History (2020), edited by Kathryn Brown – with the text “Noise Management in the Archival Ecosystem”, written with artist and researcher Anna Dot -; as well as in the journals Artnodes, of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Boletín de Arte of the Universidad de La Plata, and Vistas: Critical Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art, published by the Institute for Studies on Latin America Art (ISLAA).


“Not Only Mail Art: From “Inobjetal” Experiences to Performance. Clemente Padín, Performativity and Activism, 1971-1977”, Vistas: Critical Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art, nº 3 Beyond the Symbolic: Art and Social Commitment in the Americas, 2020, 25-40.

Dot, Anna; Santa Olalla, Pablo, “Noise Management in the Archival Ecosystem: Debating Principles for Classification” en Brown, Kathryn (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Digital Humanities and Art History, Nueva York y Londres, Routledge, 2020, 178-188.

“Clemente Padín: no solo arte correo. De las experiencias inobjetales a la performance”, Boletín de Arte, nº 17, 2017, 28-35.

“Muntadas. Una metodología de investigación artística en movimiento”, Artnodes, nº 20, 2017, 100-109.

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