PHOTOCULTURE: Interview with Idurre Alonso

By Paula Ely

Idurre Alonso is Associate Curator of Latin American collections at the Getty Research Institute. Previously, she was Curator at the Museum of Latin American Art (molaa) (2003-2014), where she organized numerous exhibitions including LA Presencia. Latin American Art in US Collections (2007); Changing the Focus. Latin American Photography 1990-2005 (2011); Unresolved Circumstances. Video Art from Latin America (co-curated with Cecilia Fajardo-Hill) (2011); and Regina Galindo. Vulnerable (2012). In 2015 she was awarded together with Selene Preciado The Emerging Curator Award from Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, which culminated in the exhibition Customizing Language (2016) and a publication with the same title. Alonso has worked on two exhibitions part of Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin Americainitiative: The Metropolis in Latin America (1830-1930) co-curated with Maristella Casciato for the Getty Research Institute, and Photography in Argentina, 1850-2010: Contradiction and Continuity co-curated with Judith Keller for the Getty Museum. Bothe opened in September 2017. Idurre’s research interests include experimental practices in photography from Latin America, the intersections between art and experimental poetry, the iconography and development of national narratives since nineteenth century, and issues of power hierarchies in emerging art from Latin America. She obtained her BA and MA in Art History from Universidad del País Vasco, Spain. Her Ph.D. dissertation (in progress) focuses on conceptual photographic practices in Latin America.

We spoke on October 3, 2017 in Idurre's office at the Getty Research Institute.