Mabel Tapia is an independent researcher (Buenos Aires, Paris). She is currently finishing a PhD at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). Her research focuses on art practices from the twentieth century involving the use of archives, activism, political engagement that have as one of their main characteristics, the deactivation of the aesthetic function. Processes of legitimation, valorisation and visibility of contemporary practices in relation to the phenomenon of reification within new paradigms in both artistic and socio-economic fields are part of her investigation. As editor, she has coordinated the following: Losing human form. A seismic image of the '80s in Latin America (2013, 2014), Really Useful Knowledge (2014) and Desinventario (2015). She is member and 2015 coordinator of the Red Conceptualismos del Sur platform.