Artistic Director, Curator
FLORA ars+natura; LARA (Latin American Roaming Art) Collection
José Roca is a Colombian curator working from Bogotá. He is currently the Artistic Director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá, and Curator of the LARA (Latin American Roaming Art) Collection. From 2012 to 2015 he was the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London. He managed for a decade the arts program at the Banco de la República in Bogotá. Roca was a co-curator of the I Poly/graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2004), the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006) and the Encuentro de Medellín MDE07 (2007), and was the Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia’s international Triennial celebrating print in contemporary art. He served on the awards jury for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007), and was the chief curator of the 8 Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011). He is the author of Transpolitical: art in Colombia 1992-2012 (with Sylvia Suárez), and Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers (with Alejandro Martín), published by the Bard Graduate Center in New York in conjunction with the exhibition Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture (2014). Lives in Bogotá.
José Roca examines institutional and social interaction with Latin American Art as a genre. He considers the development of Latin American cultural movements in relation to lagging North American and European artistic growth.