ADOLFO MANTILLA OSORNIO
Adolfo Mantilla Osornio studied ethnology, German studies, art history, and anthropology. Throughout his work, he focuses on the fields of anthropology, art history museology, cultural management, postcolonial studies, as well as in semiotics, communication, and culture economics. He is the published author of several articles regarding critical aspects of the relationship between art, anthropology, and museology. He was a coordinator of the departments of Indo-European languages and an ethnologist at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH), and since 2002, has also been part of the department of ethnology at the same institution. He was also deputy director of exhibitions at the National Museum of Art (MUNAL) and at the Museum of Fine Arts (MPBA) in Mexico City and has been employed to coordinate and/or curate dozens of national and international exhibitions. Since 2017 he's been an Academic Coordinator for the Academy of Arts, in Mexico.
- Profile of Adolfo Mantilla Osornio on the web page of Academia de Artes Mexico
- Interview with Adolfo Mantilla Osornio
Apocalyptic and Post-apocalyptic Imaginary in Mexican art: From the 16th century to the Present Day
Employing a trans-disciplinary perspective, the project Apocalyptic and
Post-apocalyptic Imaginary in Mexican art: From the 16th Century to the Present Day departs from the premise that apocalyptic and postapocalyptic imaginary in Mexican art is one of the most powerful cultural dimensions to explore the experience of a radical
changes in living conditions. Considering these premises, the project identifies a main research area to study such representations through the art of Mexico (from the 16th century to the present day). This historical process focuses on the events that were perceived as apocalyptic over more than five centuries, until the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will analyse not only the apocalyptic figures of Christian imaginary but also the various notions of the end of the world in the Mexican culture.