My name is Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy—yes, it’s a long name, heard that before—and I am an art curator, an occasional writer and a frequent traveler. Since 2011, I work as the curator of contemporary art for Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Most recently, I was also the artistic director and chief curator of the 9a Bienal do Mercosul | Porto Alegre in Brazil. For some time now, I’ve been engaged with several arts organizations in numerous ways, such as being founding board member of Kunstverein in Amsterdam, and currently forming part of the board of directors of Triple Canopy in New York.
Much of my curatorial work has consisted in working closely with visual artists in conceptualizing meetings points for audiences to experience art in unconventional ways; the materialization of this takes the form and space of exhibitions, events or printed matter. A constant traveler, I spend much of my time conducting field-research on emerging artists and incipient art scenes, visiting studios, exhibitions, events, and sometimes art schools, too. Where I live? That’s a question I often ask myself. I like to think Brooklyn. Definitely, I was raised in Mexicali. Happily, border cultured.
At different times in the past decade, I’ve worked as director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, and held curatorial positions in New York at Art in General and Americas Society. I’ve always kept an independent practice apart from my institutional work, and have curated exhibitions for Kadist Art Foundation in Paris, MALBA in Buenos Aires, Center for Contemporary Art in Vilnius, and MUSAC in León, among other places. I was also an agent for dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, and have participated in many projects developed by colleagues and friends. Such is life.
My writing on contemporary art is published regularly in art magazines, exhibition catalogs, and here, a quasi-blog. Around six years ago, when I launched Sideshows, I used to post entries with more frequency. Now it happens less often, since I tweet. But, I still write blog entries with much pleasure, and, as of late, with a keen interest to address the place and expressions of intuition and affection in contemporary culture. In 2009, I also initiated the slow-but-ongoing editorial project named Murmur. Please check it out, too.