María Inés Plaza Lazo

Arts of the Working Class, Media Fellow

by Alex John Beck

María Inés Plaza Lazo likes to develop curatorial and communication strategies for others, individuals and institutions. She grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, 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 Netzwerk Bayern’s interdisciplinary program Historische Kunst-und bilddiskurse.

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 terms are based upon the working class, meaning everyone, and it reports everything that belongs to everyone. Everyone who sells this street journal earns money directly. Vendors keep 100% of the sales.


Contact

mi.plaza@thenew.institute

Instagram: @mi_plaza / @arts_of_the_working_class


What gives you hope?

My skepticism for current social structures is replaced by hope when listening to the rising class-awareness world wide. The louder it gets, the more probable it is to challenge social and economic injustice.

How does change happen?

Social change can only happen by policies of equality, fairness and care. Everything else is only a nostalgia of what power structures have always deprived the people from.

If you could have a conversation with one person (dead or alive) who would it be?

Why restrain one single person, when we need to hear the many? Voices are spirits, and spirits don’t die.

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