Nuria Montiel (b. 1982, Mexico) is interested in art as possibility and practice to expand knowledge and open up new forms of experience through movement, dialogue, play and collective expression. Nuria uses participatory and collaborative strategies such as workshops, public space interventions and events that involve travelling, written language, printmedia, dance and popular culture.

Montiel's most recent shows are Karankawa, Carancahua, Carancagua, Karankawey (2016) in collaboration with american poet John Pluecker at Project Row Houses in Houston and Wxrd Wxrds (2014) at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.

She collaborated in La Galería de Comercio (2010–2014), a non-profit artist run project, which invited people to present ephemeral events in a street corner of Mexico City. She has been artist-in-residence at International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP (2012) in New York City, Jackman Residency Program at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago and Davidoff Art Initiative in Dominican Republic (2015). She obtained a bachelor degree at Facultad de Artes y Diseño (FAD-UNAM) and continued her studies in contemporary art at Soma in Mexico City.

Nuria is currently pursuing her MFA in Printmedia Department at School of the Art Institute of Chicago with the generous support of SAIC, Jumex Foundation and FONCA-CONACYT scholarships. She is working on a collaborative EAGER grant research project "ar(t)xivers".

Personal Statement

I believe that art provokes new possibilities of exsistance through dialogue, bringing forth the conditions for imagining new forms of social organization that expand our knowledge of the world. I am interested in generating alternative systems of production using collaborative strategies that involve written language, printmaking, textiles and popular culture. While my practice has taken a variety of forms from facilitating events to exploring print based media, political actions and the body, I continuously return to the power of art to incite encounters and personal exchange, and the immeasurable potential these have in the transformation of our everyday lives.


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