Itala Schmelz
Director
Centro de la Imagen, Mexico D.F., Mexico
centrodelaimagen.conaculta.gob.mx

Itala Schmelz (Mexico City, 1968) is the new director of Centro de la Imagen, starting October 2013. Since the 1990's this space has been at the forefront of photographic practices in Mexico and Latin America. Events like Fotoseptiembre and the Photography and Photojournalism Biennials as well as the Luna Córnea Magazine haven been coordinated by the Centro with International acclaim. Schmelz graduated with a degree in philosophy in 1992, since then she has been devoted to curatorial practice and critique both in modern and contemporary art. In 2013 she was appointed curator of the Mexican Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial, where she presentedCordiox by Ariel Guzik. Her essays have been published in many specialized art publications and magazines, amongst which Luna Córnea. She directed the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (2001-2007) and the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (2007-2011), venues where she designed, with great success, multiple programs to support, conceptualize and promote contemporary art in Mexico.

Furthermore, following her interest in the collective imaginaries of modernity, specifically regarding ideas of the future, she created a Festival and book entitled: El Futuro Más Acá (2003-2007). The first serious study focused on Mexican Science Fiction Films, an event with great international acclaim where forgotten films were screened with new copies. More recently, she published "Luis Márquez: In the World of Tomorrow" about a witty Mexican photographer and his adventures in the New York World Fair in 1939.

For Schmelz, being head of the Centro de la Imagen is an enormous challenge to reflect, together with the other photographers, a time of great audio-visual effervescence as well as the collapse of many paradigms regarding the specificity of photography, which will be the Centro's new project. Within this context, the portfolio reviewing at FotoFest will surely be a very enriching experience, as an introduction to authors and works that will certainly bring about interesting projects and collaborations in the near future.