Pablo León de la Barra

The art of Latin American flows through this curator

Given de la Barra’s natural restless energy, an institutional directorship was a surprising move, and indeed the curator’s tenure at Rio de Janeiro’s Casa França-Brasil was shorter than perhaps expected (appointed in January 2015, he left the role this autumn). More de la Barra’s style is the itinerant and relentless exploration and promotion of the region’s art scene that saw him appointed curator for the Guggenheim’s ‘Global Art Initiative’ in 2013. The major outcome of that was the geographical survey Under the Same Sun, which showed at South London Gallery this summer, having toured from the Guggenheim via Museo Jumex in Mexico City. Packed in alongside this was his cocurating of SITElines.2016, the second instalment of SITE Santa Fe’s biennial, and his role as one of 11 ‘curatorial attachés’ who will help shape the 12th Biennale of Sydney. One can’t help but feel that if you’re a young Latin American artist, de la Barra would be a good man to meet.