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Tanya Karina Pragnell Lopez

MA work

Sorry you missed me, as part of CCA16

Sorry you missed me, one of the Royal College of Art's Curating Contemporary Art 2016 Graduate Projects, featuring artworks by Larry Achiampong, Marco Godoy, Hanne Lippard, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, and Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan. Curated by Rafael Barber Cortell, Inês Geraldes Cardoso, Léa Herbeth, Tanya Karina Pragnell Lopez and Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf. It is a curatorial intervention expanding the traditional parameters of exhibition making by linking six artists negotiating codes of transmission. The project is formed of original performances, sound-based sculpture, temporary wall paintings and online commissions. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2016

  • As a curator, it is my aim to keep developments and complex interactions of current art production as well as the influence this has on contemporary curatorial practices. It is therefore my professional focus to support post-studio practices and immaterial artworks as much as sustaining traditional disciplines of art production, such as painting and sculpture.

    My interests extend beyond the realm of immaterial artworks however – especially considering that many artists’ work defies easy categorisation or definition in terms of media. For me, the curator’s role is to accompany the artistic process and help facilitate the spaces for those artists seeking public platforms but who have yet to reach wider audiences. My dissertation ShowGirls: Why do Women dominate gender ratios in the field of curating and how does this further reflect the social configurations of the contemporary art system? is reflected in my personal objective is to support female and minority artists; I have worked closely with the New York-based artist Kazuko Miyamoto, assisting in the executing of her work Archway to Cellar at the Daimler Collection, Berlin in 2013 and was the copy editor of her first monograph, an archive of her life’s work spanning five decades. In addition, I am especially keen to work with artists that contribute to challenging institutional ways of experiencing art; co-commissioning the Berlin-based artist Hanne Lippard to produce a mail-out Spam artwork on viagra and financial impotence as part of my graduate projects, is one such example. 

    For some time now, I have tried to link my interest in curation to my wider art practice: because of my education as a trained artist, I have a unique insight into the needs and requirements of the artist and approach curating from an artist's perspective. Curating provides the necessary professional space in which I have been able to create a site of research and archive working with certain themes such as ‘the multiverse’ and ‘contagion’, working closely with and alongside practicing artists such as Pil & Galia Kollectiv at Wysing Arts Centre where I co-curated a Masterclass retreat, comprising of workshops and talks.

    From my first experience of a curatorial role as student of the Fine Art department on my foundation year at Wimbledon College of Art and Design, I went on to become the organiser and editor of the Chelsea Student Awards, the organiser and editor for the Fine Art Degree Show Catalogue and also Treasurer for the Fine Art Degree show fund for Chelsea College of Art  Fine Art Degree Show, 2012.

    Following my graduation, my aim was to broaden my experience of the current European art market and art system. Living in Berlin between 2012 and 2014, I worked as curatorial assistant to Christian Siekmeier at Exile Gallery, alongside working part time in an honorarium role at Sternberg Press, coordinating and managing image research for publications including The Artist’s House by Kirsty Bell and Beatriz Colomina’s Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies, Critical Spatial Practice 3. In the balancing of these two working positions I copyedited, proofread, and wrote texts for various exhibitions, working with and coordinating between authors and artists, and assisted in the curation and set-up of exhibitions both on site at the gallery, and offsite at art fairs such as Liste, and Artissima, amongst other responsibilities granted to me throughout my time at both establishments.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Arts (Hons, 2:1), Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, 2009–2012; BA Fine Arts, Erasmus Exchange, Utrecht School of the Arts, The Netherlands, 2011; Foundation in Art and Design (Distinction), Wimbledon College of Art, 2008–2009
  • Experience

  • Honorarium, Sternberg Press, Berlin, February 2013–March 2014 ; Curatorial assistant, Exile Gallery, Berlin, January 2013–March 2014; Sales assistant, Exile Gallery at Artissima Art Fair, Turin, November 2013; Sales assistant, Exile Gallery at Liste Art Fair, Basel, June 2013; Set-up assistant to Kazuko Miyamoto, Daimler Collection, Berlin, April 2013; Copyeditor of artist monograph Kazuko Miyamoto, Exile Gallery, Berlin, 6 March 2013; Organiser and Editor, Chelsea College of Art & Design Degree Show, BA Fine Art Degree Show Catalogue, Treasurer of Student Fund for Degree Show, London, 2012; Co-organizer and Editor, Chelsea Student Awards, London, June 2010–June 2012; Studio assistant (internship), Sofia Hulten (Artist), Berlin, January 2010; Student curator for Foundation Show, Wimbledon College of Art, London, June 2009
  • Exhibitions

  • Sorry you missed me, CCA16, Royal College of Art, London, March 2016 (Co-curator); Artist Masterclass with Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, May 2015 (Co-curator)