Mela Dávila Freire
Mela Dávila Freire’s research focuses on art archives and on the genre of artists’ publications. Her specific interests include the revision of the history of artists’ publications from a feminist stand point, but also the theoretical and practical intersections between archives and art collections, and the ideological biases hidden in archival structures. She has been Head of Publications and later Head of the Study Center at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), and Director of Public Activities at Museo Reina Sofía. She has also collaborated as a consultant and independent researcher with the documenta Archive (Kassel), the German Historical Museum (Berlin), the Lafuente Archive (Santander, Spain), the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid, Spain), the Biblioteca de las Artes (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and other public and private institutions and collections. She holds a degree in Anglo-Germanic Philology (UAB), a postgraduate diploma in Publishing (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HfbK), with a doctoral grant from Pro Exzellenzia Plus.