Mery Cuesta

Director of the Master in Illustration and Visual Narrative

Mery Cuesta Máster en Ilustración y Narrativa visual
Mery Cuesta (Bilbao, 1975) is a cultural critic, exhibition curator, professor and comic activist.

As a critic, she has worked for the newspapers La Vanguardia and the supplement ‘La esfera de papel’ in El Mundo, as well as for Radio Nacional de España (“Efecto doppler” at Radio3 and “El ojo crítico” at RNE1).

He has curated around thirty exhibitions on popular culture, outsider art and the functioning mechanisms of contemporary art, including “Quinquis de los 80: Cine, prensa y calle” (La Casa Encendida, Alhóndiga Bilbao, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona), “Bálsamo y Fuga: La creación artística en la institución penitenciaria” (CaixaForum Barcelona), “El arte irreductible: Espejismos del art brut” (Prisión Modelo Espai Memorial, Barcelona), or “Humor absurdo: Una constelación del disparate en España” (Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo). She was the curator of the Catalan Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. She also develops curatorial projects that culminate in diverse formats, such as “Radiant Tuning: Interferences between Art, Magic and Science” at Matadero Madrid.

She is Director of the Master in Illustration and Visual Narrative at Elisava. She also teaches Contemporary Art at the College of Audiovisual Communication at Pompeu Fabra University, and is a PhD student at the same university.

Mery Cuesta’s practice in the field of comics as a theorist, teacher and author focuses on the fusion between comic language and cultural criticism. As a critic-drawer, she has published several series and comics in publications such as Barcelonés, Resistencia and Mongolia magazine. She is currently developing ‘Comic on Drums’, an experimental musical project that interprets comic narratives with drums and percussion.