Leire Vergara


Leire Vergara (Bilbao, 1973) holds a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College University of London. She is an independent curator and member of Bulegoa z/b, Bilbao. She has curated numerous cycles and exhibitions. Among others: In qualche luogo lontano: Roma, Spanish Academy in Rome (2021). Las imágenes. Sobre las condiciones materiales de su retorno (with Pablo Martínez), MACBA, Barcelona (2017). La pantalla negra o blanca: el poder de ver imágenes juntos XXIII Jornadas de la Imagen CA2M, Madrid (2016); Jose Mari Zabala Écfrasis. Videoworks 1986-2016, CarrerasMugica, Bilbao (2016); Dispositivos del tocar: Imaginación curatorial en los tiempos de las fronteras expandidas, Trankat, Tetuán (2015). From 2005 to 2009, she worked as chief curator at Sala Rekalde, where she curated solo exhibitions by Can Altay, Phil Collins, Itziar Okariz, Erlea Maneros Zabala, Iñaki Imaz, Haegue Yang, Sean Snyder and Peter Friedl among others. From 2002 to 2005, she was co-director (with Peio Aguirre) of DAE- Donostiako Arte Ekinbideak, a project associated with Arteleku that produced projects with artists such as Susan Philipsz, Lise Harlev, Phil Collins and Jakob Kolding. In 2017, she completed her PhD thesis Dispositifs of Touching: A Curatorial Study on The Plazas of Sovereignty at the Department of Visual Cultures (Curatorial/Knowledge) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. From 2016 to 2019 she was a member of the Temporary Technical Commission of Eremuak, Basque Government. She currently teaches the course Curating Positions (with Marwa Arsanios and Leon Filter) on the MA in Art at the Dutch Art Institute, University of the Arts Arnhem. Art Institute, University of the Arts Arnhem. In 2020-2021, she has been awarded the MAEC- AECID scholarship at the Spanish Academy in Rome.