BIO & CV

Carmen Amengual is an interdisciplinary artist from Argentina, based in New York and Los Angeles. She obtained her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2016) after completing BA studies in Comparative Literature at the University of Buenos Aires (2014).

Through engagement with research, archives, literature, myths, and oral histories, her work examines the interstices between memory, biography and history. Amengual is interested in the transmissibility of experience within and across generations, and the legacies of worlds about to be lost, from endangered or extinct political imaginaries to biological life. Her projects often take shape as multi-media installations in which paintings, sculptures, film, audio and written pieces resonate one over another, creating meditations on the contemporary condition.

Amengual aims to foster ways of collective thinking and art learning and has been engaged with different educational and curatorial projects. In 2016, granted the REEF fellowship, she co-founded LATlab Laboratory for Latin American Art & Thinking, an educational and curatorial platform for Latinx and Latin American artists in Los Angeles. From 2016 to 2021, she worked at the Gallery at REDCAT as Exhibitions Manager and Assistant Curator organizing exhibitions and public programming. She was visiting instructor at CalArts, and has collaborated with different independent educational platforms and community groups in Los Angeles.

Amengual’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Chicago and Mexico City; and in group exhibitions at Human Resources and E.D. Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Museo Trabucco, and EFC, Buenos Aires. She has been the recipient of various grants and residency opportunities including The Mountain School of Art (Los Angeles) and Soma Summer (Mexico City). Amengual is currently participating in the Whitney ISP 2021 Studio Program in New York City.



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EDUCATION

2016
MFA, Art Program, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

2014
BA Comparative Literature, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Only a truncated and imaginary vision, Biquini Wax EPS, México City

2018
The Tenuous Arithmetic of Kinship. table, Chicago

The Ages, Dread Lounge, Los Angeles

2016
Playing Around Her, Mint Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

2015
Other Words, Other Worlds, Gallery D300, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
Artist Run Chicago 2.0, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (collaboration with Kyle
Bellucci Johanson)

2019
The International Expanded Field, Human Resources, Los Angeles

2016
Exit Interview, Human Resources, Los Angeles

2015
Summer Recital. A sculpture exhibition. Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

Mid-Residency Group Exhibition, Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

2014
Six against the Cyclops. E.D. Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles

Works on paper. Antenna Studio, Los Angeles

Curiouser & curiouser. Art Division, Los Angeles

2012
Postales del Pacífico Norte. Montserrat, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2005
Premio Centenario, Primer Salón de Artes Visuales Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Museo Quinta Trabucco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
GRANTS,
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES


2021
Whitney Independent Study Program
(in progress)
2019
SOMA Summer Residency, Mexico City

The Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles

2017
Artist in Residence  CalArts REEF Residency, Maker City LA

2016
Artist in Residence CalArts REEF Residency, Maker City LA

2015
Dean's Reserve Grant. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

CalArts Grant. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

CalArts Research Fellowship. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

2014
Dean's Reserve Grant. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

CalArts Grant. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

2005
Premio Centenario, Primer Salón de Artes Visuales Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Museo Quinta Trabucco,
Buenos Aires, Argentina




CURATORIAL & ORGANIZING

2021
Curator
Aria Dean: Suite!, Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles

2020
Assistant Curator 
Inside Out & Upside Down: Posters from CalArts 1970–2019, Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles

Co-Curator with Michael Ned Holte of 50+50: A Creative Century from Chouinard to CalArts, Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles

2019
Curator of  REDCAT’s presentation Adelita Husni Bey: CHIRON, curated by Helga Christopherssen (New Museum). Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles

Curatorial Assistant. Michael Rakowitz: Dispute Between the Tamarisk and the Date Palm, curated by Diana Nawi. Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles

2018
Curatorial Assistant. Morgan Fisher / Passing Time, curated by Sohrab Mohebbi and Bruce Hainley. Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles

Curatorial Assistant. Only the morning bird treasures the flower garden, curated by Sohrab Mohebbi and Mehraneh Atashi. Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles

Curatorial Assistant. Jorge Satorre: Pancha, the Colorful Bird and the Shining Snake, curated by Ruth Estévez. Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles

2017
Assistant Curator and Research Associate. The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War, curated by Ruth Estévez, Miguel López and Agustín Diez Fisher. REDCAT-PST LA/LA

Co-Director and Curator. LATlab Laboratory for Latin American Art/Thinking a curatorial and
educational platform. CalArts REEF Residency, Maker City Los Angeles

2016
Curatorial Committee. Exit Interview. CalArts Post-Graduation Exhibition. Human Resources Los Angeles


PRESENTATIONS & PANELS

2020
Unseen in the Archives: Inclusion and Omission in Inside Out & Upside Down: Posters from CalArts 1970–2019 (Moderator and organizer) 
REDCAT, Los Angeles


Adelita Husni Bey and Simon Leung in conversation (Presenter and organizer). REDCAT, Los Angeles

2019
Lyric Poetry is Dead. Book release and panel discussion, with Ezequiel Zaidenwerg, Carmen Amengual and Robin Meyers. Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop, Brooklyn, NY

2018
Visiting Artist Lecture. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

2017
In search of The Words of Others. León Ferrari, The Words of Others. REDCAT / X Artists’
Books. Book release and panel discussion with Ruth Estévez, Carmen Amengual and Jen Hoffer.
REDCAT, Los Angeles

Media & Democracy: From the Vietnam War to the Consolidation of “Alternative Facts” in the Digital
Era
: Marc Cooper, Robert Scheer and Suzi Weissman in conversation. (Organizer) REDCAT,
Los Angeles

2016
Arts and Politics. A Latin American perspective. LATlab Laboratory for Latin American Art/Thinking. CalArts REEF Residency, Maker City LA, Los Angeles
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2020
Faculty, Exercises in Close Reading: Text/Space.
The Southland Institute, Los Angeles

2019
Faculty. The Southland Institute, Los Angeles

Visiting Instructor, Gallery Tours class. New York Film Academy, Los Angeles

2018
Visiting Artist Lecture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Visiting Faculty. CalArts Winter Session.
Seminar: The idea of Latin America.

2016 Graduate Assistant, Thomas Lawson: Thinking about Painting. CalArts, Valencia

2015 Graduate Assistant, Michael Ned Holte: Modern Art History in Review. CalArts, Valencia

Teaching Assistant, Figure Drawing and Painting- California State Summer School for the Arts
PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

2021
Unseen in the Archives. Inclusion and Omission in Inside Out & Upside Down:
Posters from CalArts 1970–2019, author, East of Borneo, January 2021.

2020
“While I Spell its Name”, author. Whatspressing (anonymous publication), Issue 1,
November 2020. http://whatspressing.net

2019
Kirsten Mairead Gill, “Only a Truncated and Imaginary Vision”: Carmen Amengual’s 'Fragments from Algiers', 2019, Island Island, island-is.land

X, SOMA Summer. Collective publication. Published by Casa del Hijo del Ahuizote, CDMX, México

2018
Lyric Poetry is Dead. Written by Ezequiel Zaidenwerg, translated by Robin Meyers. Drawings by
Carmen Amengual. Cardboard House Press, 2018, New York

2017 “Introduction: The Words of Others”. Co-authored with Ruth Estévez. León Ferrari, The Words of Others. REDCAT / X Artists’ Books, Los Angeles

2016
Last Exit, exhibition catalogue. Georgia Lassner, with Sarah Loyer, self-published, Los Angeles

2014 Zaidenwerg, Ezequiel (ed.). Penúltimos. 33 poetas de Argentina (1965-1985). UNAM, Mexico City, 2014.
(Artwork and cover design).