Mariela Cantú

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Mariela Cantú (Argentina, 1981) is an audiovisual preservationist, artist, curator and researcher in Audiovisual Arts and Media. She holds a Master's degree in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (University of Amsterdam), a Bachelor and Professor in Audiovisual Communication (Univ. Nacional de La Plata) and a Doctoral Scholarship from CIAP - Centro de Investigación en Arte y Patrimonio (UNSAM-CONICET). She is a member of RAPA - Red Argentina de Preservadoresxs Audiovisuales and AREA - Asociación de Realizadorxs Experimentales Audiovisuales. She is the creator of Arca Video Argentino, archive and database of Argentinian video art, and her research area focuses on the preservation of magnetic video. In this field, she has done stays and training courses at the Associação Cultural Videobrasil (São Paulo, Brazil), the Film Preservation and Restoration School Latin America (CINAIN, Cineteca de Bologna, L'Immagine Ritrovatta and FIAF in Buenos Aires, Argentina), at the Laboratorio La Camera Ottica, on analogue video restoration (Gorizia, Italy), Media Burn Archive and Video Data Bank (Chicago, USA) and at the Cinemateca Boliviana (La Paz, Bolivia).

She has taught at the University of Buenos Aires, the Universidad del Cine, the Universidad Nacional del Arte and the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, as well as in various institutions and independent spaces.

She has taken postgraduate courses at the University of Amsterdam, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the National University of La Plata.

She has been curator and coordinator of several exhibitions related to contemporary audiovisual arts, and her editorial activities include writing and compiling publications on audiovisual arts. As an artist, she has been selected and awarded in several national and international exhibitions and festivals. (2024)