Patricia Restrepo is a curator, writer, and researcher based in Houston, Texas. She is the Assistant Curator and Exhibitions Manager at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), where she has worked for four years. At CAMH she has recently curated Stage Environment: You Didn’t Have to Be There, an exhibition that revisits and reinvigorates CAMH’s seventy-year performance focus, and Dissent and Desire, the institution's 2018 FotoFest Biennial presentation showcasing the daring photographic work of Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh documenting LGBTQ+ lives in Delhi, India. She manages and contributes to the institution’s publication production and has orchestrated the digitization of all of CAMH's catalogues to increase accessibility to the museum’s prolific and significant scholarship. Restrepo has curated exhibitions and performance programming at Alabama Song, Hardy and Nance Studios, Houston Center for Photography, and Northset Residency. Fostering exhibitions as laboratories, her curatorial interests include the generative potential latent in archives, museology, and performative work.
Restrepo has also worked at arts institutions and publications in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Germany, including serving as Editor-in-Chief of Berlin’s largest English-speaking arts publication. She has contributed critical discourse to art publications including Terremoto and Gulf Coast, as well as to various exhibition and monograph catalogues. She served as an Artist-in-Residence in Houston-area public schools for FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography program. Restrepo received her Master's degree summa cum laude from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and her Bachelor's from Rice University. Her Master’s thesis analyzed how “The de Menil Projects” recontextualized autonomous works of art in the political realm to battle the exclusionary paradigm that devalued blacks in Houston’s art community during the Civil Rights era.