As an independent curator, Rosa Martínez has organised
some of the most outstanding and prestigious international
exhibitions, including the 52nd Venice Biennale
with "Always a Little Further" at the Arsenale
(2005); the 5th International Istanbul Biennale On
"Life, Beauty, Translations and other Difficulties"
(1997) and the exhibition "Chacun à son gout",
which celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Guggenheim
Bilbao Museum (2007).
She was co-curator of "TRA.Edge of Becoming",
Palazzo Fortuny Museum in Venice, from the
1rst of June through the 13th
She has also curated remarkable solo shows of artists such
as Jana Sterbak (La Caixa, Barcelona, 1992),
Sam Taylor Wood (La Caixa, Barcelona, 1997),
Nikos Navridis (La Caixa, Madrid, 2004) or
Pilar Albarracín (Reales Atarazanas
de Sevilla, 2004) as well as the site-specific intervention
by Santiago Sierra at the Spanish Pavilion
in Venice (2003).
As a curator her role encompasses:
* Defining the conceptual framework of exhibitions and art
* Investigating art trends and selecting the artists and their
* Mediating between the artists, the institution and the public.
“All the works displayed are propounded as centres
for condensing meaning in order to transform the exhibition
into a place for symbolic exchange between artists and the
community. Helping to form critical and sensitive citizens
and to promote new aesthetic and political dialogues are undoubtedly
fundamental tasks for art exhibitions. Today, it is necessary
to encourage new relations based on desire, to establish interchanges
with people, objects or symbolic systems to favour the creation
of that “transferential plasticity” that will
help us increasing our knowledge and healing the world in
which we live”.
Rosa Martínez, 2005