Speaker(s): Santiago Montoya, José Luis Falconi, Beatriz Esguerra

Artist Spotlight: Money Talks - The Works of Santiago Montoya


This session features a conversation between artist Santiago Montoya, gallerist Beatriz Esguerra and Jose Falconi, Fellow at the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University.

They will discuss Montoya’s longstanding relationship with the materiality of bank notes and how such exploration has led to a thorough investigation of the financial market.

Santiago Montoya will explain how he:

  • studies the relationship between art and money
  • questions the fragility of our financial system
  • analyzes the fiction of money


Santiago Montoya

Born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1974, Contemporary Colombian artist Santiago Montoya began painting at the age of eight and completed his studies with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2000 at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá. Montoya follows a multidisciplinary approach that embraces traditional painting, found objects and video documentary. In carefully structured series, he uses the...

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José Luis Falconi

Born in Lima (1973), José Luis Falconi is a professor of art and human rights at the University of Connecticut, as well as the president of Cultural Agents, Inc., an NGO which promotes civic engagement and creativity through artistic education.
From 2001 to 2011, Falconi was the art forum curator at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard...

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Beatriz Esguerra

Beatriz Esguerra has an academic training in art history from Middlebury College and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, and more than 25 years experience as a curator, consultant and gallery owner. Early in her career she worked as an editor, museologist and curator with the Gold Museum of the Bank of the Republic, the Bibilioteca Luis Angel Arango, and the Museum of Modern Art...

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