Miguel Amado is Director and Curator of Cork Printmakers, Ireland. Past posts, fellowships and residencies include Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England; Tate St Ives, England; Abrons Arts Center, New York; Rhizome at the New Museum, New York; Independent Curators International, New York; International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York. Exhibitions, projects and events organised as a freelancer include the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale; apexart, New York; Frieze Projects at Frieze London. Education includes the MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London.
I explore alternatives to ‘master’ aesthetic models and to mainstream historical narratives, dominated by art history and the market. I thus focus on subaltern art practices – both those overlooked and which have an applied, useful dimension. I am interested in the reimagining of art and its institutions as agents of social change, in order to establish a ‘commonist’ politics/aesthetics. I thus collaborate with artists committed to operating within, and contributing to the development, of communities, and addressing urgent issues in society.