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Institute for Cultural Practices

Catalina Delgado Rojas

Practice, profession and gender representation in Colombian museums and galleries

Overview

By the 1950s in Colombia, upper-class women began to fill managerial positions in museums and other cultural institutions, fostering the inclusion of women as museum directors, art critics, art dealers, curators and workers. Although this inclusion increased ostensibly during the 1970s, a time when museums' discourses were being constructed and legitimized, there was not a significant change around gender discourses in these spaces. The expected outcome of this study is to highlight women's contributions to cultural history in Colombia and to understand better the impact of gender constructions and representation on women working in museums and galleries. Furthermore, this research suggests that these paradigms harmed the development of the cultural sector in terms of inclusion, equity and diversity.

Biography 

I hold a BA in Political Science and a master's degree in Social Anthropology from the University of the Andes. I recently graduated from a MA in Museology and Heritage Management at the National University of Colombia.  

As a researcher, I have conducted studies on women and anthropology of the body; historic and public art heritage in Colombia; art archives; women artist's biographies; and gender approach in Latin American museums. My first master’s dissertation approached the different perspectives to research the female athletic body when participating in traditionally conceived masculine sports. My second thesis on the Gender Approach in Museums: a comparative study between Mexico and Colombia explored the gender approach strategies or the lack of it in cultural institutions. 

As an independent cultural entrepreneur, I have worked in museums such as the National Museum of Colombia developing educational workshops or curating exhibitions such as Op de fiest at the International Book Fair in Bogota. I have also endeavour community heritage projects like The Pedaling Museum on 26 street. Because socializing academic research in social media is another subject I am interested in; a few months ago, I launched an animated video on Gender approach strategies in Latin-American museums.  

In 2018, I worked on the assortment of The Museum of Modern Art's Donation Archive. The same year, I was commissioned by the museum to collaborate with an interview on Gender Perspectives to Conceptual Art in Colombia. Over the past year, I was part of the education and public activities team in Colombia's first counter-monument conceived by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo as a result of the peace agreement with the FARC guerilla group. 

Publications and other outputs

Papers

  • Miradas al arte conceptual en Colombia. Museum of Modern Art. 2018. Commissioned by the Museum to collaborate with an interview on Gender perspectives to Conceptual Art in Colombia. Link to the project.
  • Observatorio del patrimonio cultural. Universidad de los Andes. 2017. Academic paper. “Virtual Heritage and Digital Humanities: debates and areas of common ground”. Link to the project. 
  • Revista de Arquitectura. Universidad de Costa Rica. 2014. Academic paper. “Pedalling Museum Review”. Link to the project. 
  • Revista de Antropología. Universidad de Costa Rica. 2014. Academic paper. “Regulation, representation and experience of the female athletic body: Three ways of seeing women on the ring”. Link to the project.

Cultural projects

  • Gender approach in Latin American Museums. Inclusive Museum Conference. 2018. Virtual Lighting Talk. 
  • The Pedalling Museum. Government Grant Winning proposal 2014. An Online heritage project about the monuments of 26th Street in Bogotá. Link to the project.
  • Op de Fiets: the story of how Holland became a cycling nation. 2016. Curator. Bogota’s International Book Fair. Link to the project.

Supervisors

Contact

Email: catalina.delgadorojas@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk
Academia.edu: independent.academia.edu/CatalinaDelgado6