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Meet the curators

Tally de Orellana

Tally de Orellana (born Natalia) is an interdisciplinary curator based in London, UK and Philadelphia, PA. Born in Spain and raised in Italy, France, and the United Kingdom, she has curated and contributed to exhibitions in Europe and the US since 2006.

She was appointed the curatorial fellow at Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago) in 2015 and served as development coordinator at Elastic Arts (Chicago, 2016). She held the 2016-2017 Hilla Rebay International Fellowship at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, working in their exhibitions programming in New York, Bilbao, and Venice and, more recently, the Daniel W. Dietrich II curatorial fellowship in Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Tally graduated from the dual degree program: Arts Administration and Policy, and Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism (2016) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and holds an MA in Art History and Architecture from The University of Edinburgh (UK, 2012). Her research interests target the role of cultural institutions and curatorial practices in the systems of classification and cultural hierarchies. Related areas of interest include systems of formation of artistic identity and postcolonial theory.

David Ayala-Alfonso

David Ayala-Alfonso is a curator, artist, and researcher working between Mexico City, London and New York. He is a guest curator at the traveling exhibitions program of Independent Curators International; Visiting Critic at the Ford Family Foundation Curator and Critic Tour Series; and part of the editorial collectives of Journal of Visual Culture and {{em_rgencia}.

He has published books, chapters and articles on visual culture, critical heritage, art history, critical urbanism, art and education, institutional critique, and art in the public realm, and has delivered numerous international lectures. His work as an artist and curator has been showcased extensively in different venues in the United States, Latin America and Europe. 

Ayala-Alfonso has received various awards, including the Fulbright Grant, the AICAD post-graduate Teaching Fellowship, the ICI-Dedalus Award for Curatorial Research and the Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research at SAIC. He holds a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; a Specialization in Art Education from the National University of Colombia; and has carried out different curatorial residencies in France, Colombia, the United States and Germany.

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