María Paloma Velázquez (born M. P. Velázquez Fonseca) is an independent art worker, engaging in a curatorial and writing- based research practice, with concerns for advocacy and feminism. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art at Aalto University in Finland, and prior to that had studied at the BA Photography programme of the University of Portsmouth in the UK. In the past five years, she has worked on a number of small-scale exhibition projects in England, Hungary, and Finland, partly, as an assistant of NextArt Gallery in Budapest. Most recently she has been interested in connecting academia and activism through communal practices, exploring the interweaving of labour and research.
María has long been focusing on the philosophy of photography in relation to the existence of living (or decaying) ecologies and the female/ queer presence within them. Her writing, an inquiry on the intersection of image and text, experiments with the access to theoretical frameworks through poetic narratives. Her Bachelor’s thesis was a study on the photographic representation of landscape with respect to the female body, while her present research investigates the ethics of space colonisation through photography, with a focus on the most ancient celestial symbol of the feminine, the Moon.
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