Madja Edelstein-Gomez

I was born in 1960 in Montevideo (Uruguay).
I am a french and a uruguayan citizen.
I am an independent curator.
I live in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

madja edelstein-gomez golem I started writing at a very early age, and grew a passionate interest for art.
When I was young I collaborated with my mother who was a journalist in an activist publication.
My father was a librarian. He also was the organiser for a small artists cooperative, and thanks to him I started to love art.
The three of us would travel a lot

I still remember the incredible emotion I felt when I discovered in Paris “Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe” by Manet, and “The Spring” by Arcimboldo.
At the age of 13 I was sent to jail, under the dictatorship of Juan Maria Bordaberry.
My parents, who were both members of the PCU, have been tortured and then executed. They had refused to leave Uruguay.
All those who fled to Brazil or Argentina were captured and assassinated or were handed over to the dictators, anyway.

I was only liberated in 1984, at the end of the military dictatorship.
I didn’t suffer.
I died for the first time.

Do not believe a dictatorship cannot happen again in Europe or in the West.
Before you know, it’s here.
I got involved in political journalism, under pseudo, by habit. Then I went on publishing as an art critic.

In 1988 I got married to a diplomat who was also french and uruguayan and we got two children. I followed in in Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, India and Malaysia.

I decided at that period to organise my own exhibitions. I would mix local artists with international artists and hobbyists and outsider artists.

I died a second time when in 1999 my partner and my children died in the Egypt Air plane crash near New York.
Since then, I worked for various NGO’s, HWR (Human Rights Watch) among others, while I was still organising several thematic exhibitions.