ABOUT LORENA WOLFFER

Lorena Wolffer (Mexico City, 1971) is an artist and cultural activist. She mainly works in social practice projects and has presented her work extensively in Mexico and abroad.

 

She has curated projects with a diverse range of artists in platforms such as the museum, public spaces, and television; conducted workshops, laboratories and lectures internationally; and published in different media.

 

Wolffer currently facilitates the Laboratoria de arte + género, an online transfeminist and experimental pedagogical space, and is part of DISIDENTA: Comunidad de práctica social + saberes feministas with Cerrucha and María Laura Rosa. She was a member of the Parlamento de Mujeres de la Ciudad de México (2019); Coordinator for Social Practice and Interventions at the Laboratorio Nacional Diversidades (UNAM-CONACyT) (2017); Academic Coordinator of Arte, cultura y justicia: representaciones y performatividades alternas for the Programa Universitario de Estudios de Género, UNAM (2011); advisor to the Coordinación de Difusión Cultural of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2004-2007); and co-founder and director of Ex-Teresa Arte Alternativo of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (1994-1996), all in Mexico City.

 

She has been the recipient of the Hermila Galindo Medal (Mexico City Congress, Mexico City, 2019), the Artraker Award for Social Impact (England, 2014), Commended Artist of Freedom to Create (Singapore, 2011) and the Omecíhuatl Medal granted by Inumjeres DF (Mexico City, 2011), among other grants and prizes.

For over thirty years, Lorena Wolffer’s work has been an ongoing site for enunciation and resistance at the intersection between art, activism and transfeminism. Her practice revolves mainly around gender and advocates the rights, agency, and voices of women, LGBTQIA+ communities and people with non-normative identities. From the creation of radical cultural interventions with various communities to pioneering pedagogical models for the collective development of situated knowledge, these projects are produced within an inventive arena that underlines the pertinence of experimental languages and displaces the border between so-called high and low culture. Wolffer’s work—a stage for the voices, representations, and narratives of others—articulates cultural practices based on respect and equality.

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