Sofía Olascoaga works in the intersections of art and education by activating spaces for critical thinking and collective action. She is currently academic curator at MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo – UNAM) in Mexico City, where she coordinates Campus Expandido an academic program of critical theory taking place at the museum.
Olascoaga was the first Research Curatorial Fellow at Independent Curators International (2011), was Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program (2010). She received her BFA with honors from La Esmeralda National School of Fine Arts (Mexico City).
Olascoaga’s work involves the experimental design of think-tanks, along with artists, theorists, curators and educators, and with a wide range of institutional and independent spaces. In 2012, she was a Workshop Clinics Director for SITAC X, the International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory in Mexico City. From 2007 to 2010, she was Head of Education and Public Programs at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. Olascoaga was educational curator and public programs manager for the first grant initiative Bancomer-MACG Program for Young Artists in 2008–2010, created by Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil and Fundación Bancomer. She has collaborated with international laboratories for public programs at the Liverpool Biennial, Cittadellarte, Mercosur Biennial, Art21, Inc and MoMA New York, Steirischer Herbst Festival in Austria, Experimental Nucleus for Art and Pedagogy in Rio de Janeiro, Independent Curators International in New York, and Instituto Inhotim, among others.
Her ongoing research, Between Utopia and Disenchantment (Entre utopía y desencanto), critically assesses the productive tension between utopia and the failure of intentional community models developed in Mexico in past decades, addressing the ideas posed by Ivan Illich at the Centro Intercultural de Documentación (CIDOC), and the influential role this model has played in the practice of many Mexican and international thinkers and artists. For this project, Olascoaga is the recipient of the 2012 Cda-Projects Grant for Artistic Research and Production, a CIFO Artistic Production Grant, and the National Arts Fund in Mexico.