María Inés Plaza Lazo


María Inés
Plaza Lazo

Editor and Art Curator


María likes to develop curatorial and communication strategies for others, both individuals and institutions. She grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and lives and works between the streets of Berlin and the world. She was trained as an art historian at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and at the Elite Network of Bavaria’s interdisciplinary program Historical Art and Image Discourses.

Together with Paul Sochacki, she founded the street journal on poverty and wealth, art and society, Arts of the Working Class, which they edit and publish with Alina Kolar. Arts of the Working Class contains contributions by artists and thinkers from different fields and in different languages. Its focus is on the working class, meaning everyone, and it reports on everything that belongs to everyone. Anyone who sells this street journal earns money directly with vendors keeping 100% of sales.

María joined THE NEW INSTITUTE in the fall of 2021.


"We’ve been used to the habit of ignoring class, but we need to start talking openly about it to understand the vertical organization of society that is still seen as a given."


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