June 24, 2015
LIGA presents Isabel Martínez Abascal as its new director.
Isabel Martínez Abascal (Madrid, 1984) has been appointed the new director of LIGA, Space for Architecture in Mexico City from July this year. She will be responsible for overall coordination of the exhibition and lecture platform and take over its annual programing, working closely with the directors and founders: Ruth Estévez, Wonne Ickx, Victor Jaime Abel Perles, and Carlos Bedoya.
The directors and founders commented: “The outstanding experience of Isabel Martínez Abascal in the field of architecture, academia, and curatorship support her capacity to provide a mature and personal vision to LIGA’s programing. Her international career has been complemented with residences in Tokyo, Berlin, Ahmedabad and São Paulo, amongst others. She has shown a continuous interest in erasing the geographical frontiers for her work. We are certain that Isabel will bring the intellectual strength, enthusiasm and energy that our space needs to continue its successful development.”
The Spanish architect added: “Aboard LIGA, I will seek to explore and expand the conceptual and thus geographic boundaries of what we call Latin America. It is my intention to propose new possibilities of action for this platform in which, in parallel to quarterly exhibitions, I intend to develop a comprehensive program of activities of different natures not restricted to a particular physical space. I want LIGA to be an open space for the interests of all those concerned in architecture and by the disciplines in which it is in dialogue.”
Isabel Martínez Abascal assumes the position after Marielsa Castro left the charge early this year to continue her studies at Harvard University. Architect Mariana Yuste has assumed the executive direction since and will work alongside Isabel for the first months of her new assignment.
LIGA, Space for Architecture is an independent pioneering platform for architectural exhibitions, conferences, and workshops based in Mexico City. The initiative arises in January 2011, from the partnership of the architecture studio PRODUCTORA (Abel Perles, Carlos Bedoya, Víctor Jaime, Wonne Ickx) and Ruth Estévez, historian and contemporary art curator. LIGA was created to establish an experimental space around contemporary architecture and its possibilities as a discursive practice, broadening and establishing connections with other disciplines. It’s a project that seeks to fade the borderlines between different practices, settling a built-in space for creating and thinking, as well as creating a platform for curatorial experimentation.
Isabel Martinez Abascal (Madrid, 1984) graduated as an architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She also studied at the Technische Universität in Berlin, in Ahmedabad with architect Balkrishna Doshi, and worked in Tokyo for SANAA and in Madrid for Aranguren & Gallegos, before moving to São Paulo where she was lecturer for six years at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism Escola da Cidade, and founded the practice ARQUITE(C)TURA. Among other projects, she was involved in curating the 10th São Paulo Architecture Biennale and curating the exhibition 13 for the inaugural cycle of the Center for Contemporary Art The Canning, Murcia, and the exhibition Visionary Instruments. Perspectograph, post-preterite, chiaroscuro of artist Almudena Lobera at the Space for Contemporary Creation ECCO, Cadiz, as well as writing for magazines like Domus, Wallpaper and Avery Review. In 2014 she founded the architecture studio LANZA Atelier together with Alessandro Arienzo. She has lived in Mexico City since 2015. Isabel combines her professional work with personal projects of various kinds, understanding everything that she makes as architecture.