17 Jul TANYA MELÉNDEZ-ESCALANTE
is currently the Chief Curator of Education and Public Programs at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), where she has organized more than 100 public programs. She has worked for the British Council Mexico as a cultural advisor and at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. She was awarded a grant at the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes – FONCA (2002) and a Fulbright-García Robles (2002-2004) too. In 2000, she received the Miguel Covarrubias Award (Bachelor Thesis in Museology) from the National Institute of Anthropology and History. She studied a master’s degree in museology for fashion and textiles at the Technological Institute of Fashion (FIT-New York) and has a degree in Humanities at the University of the Americas – Puebla.
Tanya explains us the complexity of the discipline of fashion, she beleives it must be studied from different perspectives due to the cultural, social and political implications that what we wear and what others wear represents. For Tanya, fashion is a way of expressing our individuality or our belonging to a group. She sees how the performative nature of clothing makes fashion a fertile field for artistic exploration.
‘Cross-Pollination’ is an annual workshop created by Tanya Meléndez. These workshops offer students a space for intercultural dialogue between international educational institutions and the FIT where students have the opportunity to work on fashion-based projects inspired by MFIT exhibitions. In 2012 Tanya Meléndez-Escalante (FIT), Sebastián Romo (Atelier Romo) and the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (SAPS) collaborated on the educational project ‘Cross-Pollination: Masterpieces of the Collections’.
Meléndez-Escalante has worked for the last fifteen years in arts organizations, where she has led and managed projects aimed at displaying and promoting fashion, visual arts, and performing arts, both in Mexico and the United States. Today she lives and works in New York City.
VIDEO EDITOR > Christian Rivera
MUSIC > Máximo Hollander
PRODUCTION DESIGN > Sebastián Romo