Julia Ramírez-Blanco is lecturer at Barcelona University (Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación). Art historian and critic, she has specialized in the relationships between art and utopia, to which she dedicated her European PhD thesis, Contemporary Artistic Utopias. Art, Social Movements and Utopia in Western Europe, after the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Complutense University, Madrid, 2015). Her recent work has focused on the intersection between art, social imagination and activism.
She is the author of the books 15M. El tiempo de las plazas (Madrid, Alianza, 2021) and of Artistic Utopias of Revolt: Claremont Road, Reclaim the Streets, the City of Sol (New York and London, Palgrave, 2018) previously published in Spanish as Utopías artísticas de revuelta. Claremont Road, Reclaim the Streets, la Ciudad de Sol (Madrid, Cátedra, 2014). In this work, she explores the aesthetic and utopian dimensions of various social movements. Her work on art, activism, and visual culture in relationship to social dreaming, has also led to her editing of a monographic issue of REGAC Journal dedicated to Non-Textual Utopias, which includes texts by TJ Demos, Rachel Weiss, Timothy Miller, and Oliver Ressler. She has also edited Pequeño bestiario de monstruos políticos (Murcia, CENDEAC, 2020), about the political dimensions of monsters. She is currently researching on activist aesthetics and on the history of artistic collectives.
Previously, she has also worked on outsider art (“Introducción”, Hans Prinzhorn, Artistry of the Mentally Ill. Madrid: Cátedra, 2012) and has been translator of Erwin Panofsky (La arquitectura gótica y la escolástica. Madrid: Siruela, 2007). She has written a number of texts that have appeared in English, French, Italian, and Spanish within various co-authored books and in journals such as Third Text, Arquitectura Viva, Quintana, Lars, Boletín de Arte, El Mundo, Abc Cultural, and The Nation Journal. She has co-curated of the exhibition THE GRAND DOMESTIC REVOLUTION about feminist utopias (Familistère, Guise, 2019, curatorship together with Sally Bonn and Lise Lerichomme). She collaborates regularly with the MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art, where she directs the course Utopian Nineties (February-March 2020), as well as a Research group on the collection.
Ramírez-Blanco has also been invited to lecture at a number of academic and public institutions, including Princeton University, Columbia University, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (Reina Sofía Museum of Contemporary Art, 2017, 2018), the Museo Nacional del Prado (2018, 2019), the São Paulo Art Museum (MASP) (2020), the Warburg Haus Frankfurt (2017), the Senate House. London (2016), the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome (2016), the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (2016, 2018), the Württemgbergischer Kunstverein Stuttgatt (2015), or Winchester School of Art (2012). She has been invited to conduct sessions at New York University or the American University of Paris. Previously, Ramírez Blanco taught at Tufts University and Skidmore College Madrid.
Ramírez-Blanco has conducted research stays in Princeton (Princeton University), New York (New York University), Rome (Reale Accademia di Spagna a Roma), Nantes (LAUA), and Amiens (Université Picardy-Jules Verne), and has received various excellency grants to support her research (Reale Academia di Spagna a Roma, Formación de Personal Universitario or Residencia de Estudiantes/CSIC). She holds an MA on “History of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture” at the Reina Sofía Museum together with the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2008-2009) and on two occasions has participated in the Séminaire International de Muséologie at the Ecole du Louvre, Paris (2009 and 2018). For her BA, she studied art history at the Complutense University and the Freie Universität, Berlin.
She is member of the Committee of the Society for Utopian Studies, an international interdisciplinary network devoted to the study of utopianism. Regarding her double interest in contemporary art history and utopia, she is also part of two R+D projects: Art Globalization Interculturality: Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in the Global Age: New Methodologies, Concepts and Analytic Scopes(Art History Department, Barcelona University, PI: Anna Maria Guasch) and Historia del futuro: la utopía y sus alternativas en los horizontes de expectativa del mundo contemporáneo, siglos XIX-XXI (HISTOPIA)(Autónoma University of Madrid, PI: Juan Pro).