Victor del Rio
Víctor del Río (Universidad de Salamanca) is PhD in Philosophy and Professor of Contemporary Art Theory and History at the University of Salamanca, Spain. He forms part of the ‘Master of Advanced Studies in Philosophy’ Staff, of the University of Salamanca. Del Rio also teaches Theory of Documentary at the Universitat Politècnica de Valéncia, Spain. At the teaching level, remarkable highlights include: his international seminars given at several universities and research centers such as at the Universidade do Porto, Portugal; Universidad del Estado de México, Mexico or at Antioquia University, Colombia; as well as the development and coordination of a course between 2008 and 2011 at the University of Salamanca titled, ‘Historical Consciousness and Contemporary Art’. Within an academic context he has been part of diverse research projects on ‘praxis of visuality’ in technology.
With respect to the management of cultural institutions Del Rio has been head of Collection and Exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum Patio Herreriano in Valladolid, Spain. Thereafter and up until 2013, he served as member of the Advisory Board of the Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León (MUSAC), Spain.
Del Rio has published the following books: Photography-Object. The Surpassing of the Documentary Aesthetics, Salamanca (2008), Factography. Avantgarde and Mass Communication, Madrid (2010) and The Hidden Querelle. Jeff Wall and the critic of the Neo-Avant-garde, Santander (2012). He has also edited various collective works. Del Rio is a regular contributor to contemporary culture specialized journals in which he has published numerous studies and papers on aesthetics and contemporary art theory. He writes art criticism for El Cultural, the cultural supplement of the daily El Mundo in Spain. Del Rio’s main lines of research include the links between the artistic praxis and mass communication from an aesthetic and political nucleus approach, and one within media representation systems.