Biography: Prof. Dr. Ilana Boltvinik is a visual artist and researcher, co-founder of TRES (2009, Mexico City), an independent art-based research collective. She works as a researcher and artist in the Instituto de Artes Plasticas of the Universidad Veracruzana. She is also part of the pedagogical team in SOMA (an independent contemporary art program in Mexico City), and she collaborates in the Interdisciplinary Department of the National Center for the Arts.
Her art-based research practice is concentrated on the implications of urban space and waste. Of particular interest has been the inquiry on garbage as a physical and conceptual residue that entails political and material implications. One fundamental aspect of TRES is the methodological intertwining with biology, anthropology and archaeology among other disciplines and through extra-disciplinary practices.