Adela Goldbard


Adela Goldbard (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist-scholar from Mexico City; Associate Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and a member of the National System of Artistic Creators from Mexico’s National Endowment for the Arts. Goldbard investigates how radical community performances can subvert hegemonic narratives, while also exploring the potential of violence and destruction as aesthetic tools in the resistance against power. Goldbard’s research-practice explores collective processes of creation, staging, and destruction, and draws on experimental/collaborative/sensory ethnography, bringing together sculpture, video, photography, sound, text and traditional textiles, pottery, woodwork and pyrotechnics.

Her recent projects include a participative film in/with Chumbivilcas, a Quechua region in the Peruvian Andes; a pyrotechnic play with/for the Mexican community of La Villita in Chicago, commissioned by Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, and a socially engaged art project with/for the P’urhépecha community of Arantepacua, commissioned by the XIV FEMSA Biennial. She lives and works between Mexico, the United States and Canada.