View of the lobby at SOMA, Mexico City, 2011. Courtesy SOMA
SOMA is a space for contemporary art that aims to establish itself as a dynamic counterpoint to the existing schools, museums, and galleries in Mexico. It is the initiative of a group of Mexican artists who, building on the experiences of earlier art spaces, such as La Panadería and Temistocles 44, have joined forces to create a unique platform within the cultural scene.
SOMA consists of three parts: 1) Education: a two-year program for the professionalization of artists, as well as a summer program for foreign artists; 2) Forum: lectures, discussions, and performances for our weekly events (entitled Miércoles de SOMA); and 3) Residencies: for national and international artists, critics, and curators.