Mónica Núñez Laiseca BA, MA, MPhil

Job Title:

Senior Lecturer in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art)


Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art)



Videostill from Stefan Pente, Ines Schaber, Unnamed Series, Part 2:
An approach to address something that one would have never dared to say anything about; except through symbolic practices (2008). Courtesy of the artists.

Videostill from Stefan Pente, Ines Schaber, Unnamed Series, Part 2:


Mónica Núñez Laiseca

Mónica Núñez Laiseca is Senior Curator in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) at The Glasgow School of Art. With a background in curating photography and time-based media, she previously held curatorial roles at Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool), Belfast Exposed (Belfast) and Instituto Cervantes (Tokyo) and has been Curator and Tutor in Museum Studies at the University of East Anglia (Norwich), where she lectured in Museum Studies and developed a range of student-led curatorial projects.

Mónica has worked with numerous artists, spanning different levels of practice. Among other projects, she produced the first solo show of Anne Collier’s work in the UK (Open Eye Gallery, 2008); commissioned Redmond Entwistle’s film trilogy Red Light (Belfast Exposed, 2009), which critically comments on Belfast’s attempts at economic renewal by refashioning itself as a centre for the IT and film industries; curated the exhibition What You Can’t See (Belfast Exposed, 2009) on the subject of artists’ engagement with photographic archives, which included works by Duncan Campbell and Ines Schaber and paved the way to the setting up of a residency programme around Belfast Exposed’s photography archive; and collaborated with Spanish performance artist Pilar Albarracín to produce a film and installation piece investigating the expression of emotional distress in Japanese culture (co-commissioned with Tokyo Wonder Site, 2010).

Mónica has also curated three commissions for the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, including Nancy Davenport’s Workers (Leaving the City) (2008), which examines the representation of industrial labour today in relation to globalised trade and off-shore production; and curated the group exhibition The Prehistory of the Crisis II (co-curated with Tessa Giblin, Belfast Exposed and Project Arts Centre, 2009), which brought together artists based in Ireland, both North and South, to collectively imagine and try to anticipate the possible effects of the economic crisis and consider how artistic agency might be understood in this context. Among the student-led curatorial projects initiated by Mónica at the University of East Anglia is Falling Backwards (Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and public sites), an exhibition of newly commissioned performance works by Ruth Proctor made in response to the modernist architecture of the university’s campus and commenting on its legacy.

Mónica’s research interests lie in hybridity and the crossover between different media, often focusing on the image as a vehicle to interrogate perceived boundaries and hierarchies, as well as curatorial practices more widely. She is also interested in the connections between late conceptual art and current artistic practice, has conducted substantial research on Cold War art and is the author of a monograph on art and politics in Spain in the 1960s.