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Lado V – Center for Study and Documentation

Lado V – Center for Study and Documentation is part of TEOR/éTica and complements the work it does. Lado V encompases the formative and documentary side of TEOR/éTica, articulated through four main axes: study, the archive, the library and the Virginia Pérez-Ratton Collection. Based on these four areas, and closely related to oTEOR/éTica’s lines of action, Lado V aims to create spaces for study and conversation based on temporary activations, exhibitions, residencies and public programs designed specifically for its rooms. These activities seek to rethink the limits between a work of art and a document, proposing different ways to access TEOR/éTica’s archival collections, offering new possibilities for analysis and interpretation of contemporary artistic practices.


The archive is made up of physical and digital documents, belonging to three different archival fonds. The first compiles materials related to the work done by TEOR/éTica and its institutional history. The second is a collection of documents about projects, people and independent art spaces important for contemporary artistic practice, mainly in Central America and the Caribbean. And the third is Virginia Pérez-Ratton’s personal archive, which highlights her work not only as the founder of this space but also as a curator, cultural manager and artist.


The library specializes in contemporary art. It is constantly being updated with the acquisition and donation of diverse bibliography and literature on art and culture. Both the library, the mezzanine and the reading rooms are spaces open to the public for studying, reading and consulting material.


The Virginia Pérez-Ratton Collection is made up of a large group of works mainly by artists from Central America and the Caribbean, collected by this Costa Rican curator between 1970 and 2010. TEOR/éTica is currently in charge of its custody and of activating spaces for the works to be exhibited, circulated and studied, promoting new readings and ways of accessing these works, from the perspective of the region’s current debates.

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