Pablo Vargas Lugo studied visual arts
at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, part of the Universidad Nacional
Autónoma de México (UNAM). He uses in his work elements from various
disciplines such as astronomy, cartography, archeology, and science fiction.
Through drawings, sculptures, paintings, installations and videos, he creates
conceptual games that, often with the use of humor, address topics such as
language, social conventions and millenary traditions. Among his most important
exhibitions are Naj Tunich (La Tallera, Cuernavaca, 2018), Atlas(Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, 2018), Micromegas (Museo
Tamayo, Mexico City/Museo Amparo, Puebla, 2014), Intemperie (Museo
Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, 2012), Eclipses for Austin (Blanton Museum
of Art, Austin, 2009), Contemporary Projects (Los Angeles County Museum
of Art, Los Angeles, 2005) and Congo Bravo (Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil,
Mexico City, 1998). In 2018, he participated in the 12th Shanghai Biennial.
Vargas Lugo lives and works in Mexico City.
Magalí Arriola is an independent curator and art critic. Currently, she is the KADIST Lead Curator for Latin America. Previously, she served as curator at the Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo (2011–2014) where she organized exhibitions such as James Lee Byars: 1/2 An Autobiography (co-curated with Peter Eleey and co-produced with MoMA PS1), Guy de Cointet—Tempo Rubato, and Danh Vo ةرا يداو[Wād al-haŷara], as well as others that contextualized works from the Jumex Collection. Between 2009 and 2011 she was chief curator at the Museo Tamayo where she worked with artists such as Roman Ondák, Joachim Koester, Claire Fontaine, Adrià Julia, and Julio Morales. In 2006 she was a visiting curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, in San Francisco, and between 1998 and 2001 she was chief curator at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, in Mexico City, where she had the opportunity to work with a generation of artists that included Eduardo Abaroa, Francis Alÿs, Miguel Calderón, Daniela Rossell, and Pablo Vargas Lugo. Arriola has written extensively for books and periodicals, including Artforum, Curare,Frieze, Mousse, Manifesta Journal, and The Exhibitionist. She is currently based in Mexico City.