gerardo montes de oca

Mx, 1978. 

Social and clinical psychologist, activist, artist and curator.

On-line and in-office psychotherapeutic practice from a socio-historical and decolonial stand, articulating practices from below and to the left with intergenerational systemic and psychoanalytical methods. 

In the field of arts, my practice is theoretically and politically driven, using a variety of mediums and strategies as they best respond to each project, like photography, video, sound, text and performative actions. I integrate my training and practice as a psychotherapist, social psychologist, activist, curator and artist. My interests are in the relations between aesthetics, politics and collective affectivity with a decolonial and emancipatory stand.

I studied Psychology at the University of Guadalajara, a Master in Fine Arts degree in Visual Culture at the Aalto University in Finland, and one year exchange in the MA in Art & Science, University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

I am currently a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and a recipient of the DOC fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). In my research project I study both social movements and artistic politicised practices. The main focus of this research is social affectivity both as a form of politics and as a site of resistance that intersects with aesthetics in repertoires of presence, expression, representation, interpretation and performativity. I seek to understand how politics and power operations produce different experiences and affective dispositions for different groups and subjects in Mexico. The task requires the articulation of a historical and decolonial perspective to situate affectivity in relation to power and the production of subaltern subjectivity.

I have participated in different artistic projects (exhibited, published, talked and or performed) in Mexico, Hong-Kong, United Kingdom, Lithuania, Finland, Germany, Austria, Romania and Czech Republic. I curated the transdisciplinary Laboratory “Crime Scene” of Rauma Biennale Balticum 2014 in Finland, produced in collaboration with Migrating Art Academies. In 2016 I also co-curated Rauma Biennale Balticum 2016 “Vulnerability” and conceptualised and led its Laboratory.

In 2016 I was invited to create, curate and perform the collective and participatory project “Cantina Corazón” for WienWoche Festival in Vienna.ón_ 

During 2017 and half 2018 I went to Mexico to do my field participatory research mainly in the cities of Guadalajara, Mexico and San Cristobal (and Zapatista autonomous territories), following EZLN and CNI-CIG resistance projects, festivals and gatherings. I also did a visit at MUAC – UNAM and participated in some seminars on art theory and artistic politicised practices. I am currently writing my dissertation.