ARCHIVE  (2015-2018)




  • Fanzine making workshops

  • Sea, Lagoon, River: Delta system community Workshops



self-published fanzines and published texts

Selected Exhibitions

​Oct 2022-Feb 2023 // Here and Now: Anti-colonial Interventions, curated by Joanne Rodríguez. Ludwig Museum, Köln
July-Aug 2022 // Zones of Love, Playbour & Kinship, curated by Lucy Tuma. Shedhalle, Zurich
June-July 2022 // Neue Perspektiven zur Nachhaltigkeit, Arvae art-science collaborative program curated by Tara Lasrado and Alexandra Mueller-Crepon, NaturLabor Arosa
Apr-May 2022 // Underland: Emotions are Oceans. Curated by Niekolaas Lekkerkerk. RADIUS Center for Contemporary Art and Ecology, Delft
Mar -June 2022 // Habitar Tierras Fronterizas curated by Javier Dragustinovis. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Tamaulipas MACT
Jan 2022// Lecture Performance part of Visions of Nature curated by Simon Würsten Marin, in the context of the exhibition Earth Beats, Kunsthaus Zürich
Oct 2021- Jan 2022 // Art as Connection: An Unhappy Archive Part II curated by Sabian Baumann and Karin Michalski. Aargauer Kunstmuseum, Aarau 
Oct 2021 // A Forest of Many Worlds curated by Jose Cáceres Mardones, Domenico Ermanno Roberti and Paula Baeza-Pailamilla. La Cápsula, Zürich
Aug-Sept 2021 // Anamen Fires, cooking program part of the Hochrhein Triennale curated by Franz Krächenbühl and Alain Jenzer. Kaiserstuhl/Hohentengen
May 2021// Echo of Leaf and Body, performance and workshop with BadLab Collective for the conference Open Source Body, curated by Ewen Chardonnet. Volumes Paris
Apr-May 2021 // Picking out images from my soul's eye, curated by Verena Melgarejo-Weinandt and Andrea Keppler. DISTRICT Berlin
April-May 2021 // Loud-reading from the Situated Kitchen, cooking performance curated by Eleonora Stassi and Francesca Cecherini. OTO Sound Museum, Zurich
April 2021 // From Sensitive Pools… and RIVER ORACLE, part of of the exhibition “Intimacy of Strangers” by Riikka Tauriainen, curated by Lena Pfäffli, Sabrina Negroni and Anne-Sophie Mlamali. sic! Elephanthouse, Luzern
Dic/2020 & Feb/2021 // Criptonite #2 SLOW ANIMALS, performance program by Nina Mühlemann and Edwin Ramirez. Gessnerallee, Zurich and Fuchs Festival Basel
March 2020 // Games.Fights.Encounters, curated by Jose Cáceres, Dorothee Richter and Ronald Kolb. OnCurating Space, Zürich
March 2020 // Monument to Use de Space (Use it, you must). PLATTEforum, Denver
Dec 2019 - Jan 2020 // Auf der Suche... Nach Zürich, curated by Nadja Baldini, Simon Maurer, Vreni Spieser. Helmhaus Zürich
Nov 2019 // Letters from Onion Island, curated by Gökçe Ergör. Les Complices* Zürich
Sept 2019 // El Fin de la Mar Caribe in collaboration with Javier Dragustinovis. Curated by Elena Rosauro and Adriana Domínguez. La Cápsula, Zürich
July 2019 // Monumento al Momento del Encuentro, public sculpture and social space. Monterrey, Mexico
Sept - Oct 2018 // In view of the normalcy, exhibition and public discussions Gallery of the School of Arts and Aesthetics (SAA) at Jewharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi
Sept 2017 // MFA Diploma Degree Show, curated by Ian Woolridge and Judith Welther. ZHdK Zürich
Mar 2017 // Christmas Dinner, part of Shortlist Credit Suisse Videokunst Förderpreis, BernDec 2016 - Jan 2017 // part of Auswahl 16, curated by Claudia Spinelli and Rolf Bismarck. Aargauer Kunstmuseum, Aarau

Selected Programs as Community-engaged Artist
June 2022 // instructor of Las aguas que nadamos, workshop for children and families living in coastal communities, in collaboration with Javier Dragustinovis. Matamoros
Mar-June 2021 // organizer of This room called GROUND, in support of under-funded BIPoC and queer artists, in collaboration with Gökçe Ergör, Les Complices*, Zurich
2017-2021 // curator of MEXA! Archive of independent publications from Mexico as part of VOLUMES, in collaboration with Adriana Domínguez. Presented in Helmhaus, Kunsthalle and OnCurating Space, Zurich

Selected Residencies and other artistic Programs
​July - Dec 2022 // Art Residency U-jazdowski Centre of Contemporary Art, Warsaw
Jan - Mar 2020 // Art Residency and leader of fanzine-making workshop for youngsters in PlatteForum, Denver
Sept - Oct 2018 //  Art Residency in Khoj Studios, New Delhi
Oct 2018 // Affect and Emotions in the Public Sphere,  program organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art Research, mentored by Christoph Schenker, Franz Krächenbühl, Tushar Joag and Sharmila Samant. Shiv Nadar University New Delhi
Oct 2016 // Matter Fictions, program organized by Christian Hübler, with mentoring artist Margarida Mendes, Lisbon

Selected Teaching experience
Oct 2022// KARAOKE READINGS, part of the Juicy Things program of Kunsthochschule Halle
Apr 2022// Anamen-fires, workshop for Master Symposium EDHEA, HEAD, ECAL, Sierre
Feb 2022// Case Study: Teresa Margolles and Fernando Britto, fanzine-making workshop with specialized group in Fotomuseum, Winterthur
Nov 2021// A kind of magic… blockWoche in collaboration with Riikka Tauriainen, Hyperwerk Basel
Nov 2021// Guest lecturer during workshop Decolonizing Art Institutions led by Gökçe Ergör and Alize Monoud, Hochschule der Künste Bern
Jul 2021 and Nov 2021//  Making Oracles in collaboration with Riikka Tauriainen, Hyperwerk, Basel

Published Texts
SABER BIEN, in Schpensa Online Archive. Edited by Violeta Burckhardt, Anne-Laure Franchette, Bettina Tschuor. Commissioned by Arvae, 2022
Conversations between Epizoochory, in MOBILE SOILS. Edited by Anne-Laure Franchette, Jose Caceres Mardones, Gabriel N.Gee , Published by TETI Press, 2021
A war that happened far away, in ART & CRISIS, A Polyphonic Research on the Contemporary. Edited by Donatella Bernardi, Published by JRP/Ringier, ISBN: 978-3-03764-525-3, 2018

Selected Grants and Prizes
2021 // Research grant for “This room called GROUND”, thanks to ProHelvetia
2021 // Reisestipendium for ONION ISLAND project, thanks to Aargauer Kuratorium
2018 and 2016 // Production grant for  “Monument of the Moment of Exchange”, Edith Maryon Stiftung
Sept 2018 // Reisestipendium  Aargauer Kuratorium
June 2016 // Production grant for “Fictitious News”, thanks to AVINA Stiftung and Edith Maryon Stiftung


 © Yuliia Frolova, 2022

Paloma Ayala (b.1980, Matamoros, Mexico) is a visual artist interested in empowering the relationship between domestic living strategies and political contexts. She is a diaspora mother and a mestiza daughter whose work fictionalizes historical, ecological or social problematics as means of analysis and critique. Paloma´s projects nourish visions of connection between human and more than human spheres, they dream of emancipation from marginalizing dominant structures, and emphasize practices of care across different topographies and borders. Her favorite spaces to work range from kitchen to river shore, from international crossing bridge to agricultural land, from community meeting to aquelarre. Her work takes the form of publications, videos, installations, reading/cooking sessions, and zine workshops directed to different public, including humans outside of cultural institutions.

Paloma’s work is rooted in her home, the eastern US/MX border landscapes, simultaneously blooming in her current base in Zurich. She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Universidad de Monterrey 2002), a Teaching Degree (Arte AC 2003) and a Master in Fine Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste 2017).

Her professional background as a teacher and community worker has led to the development of a community praxis focused on care.
She collaborates with curator Adriana Dominguez as heads of the MEXA! Independent Mexican Publications Archive for VOLUMES, visibilizing Latin American narratives in the European context. She collaborates in the music project KARAOKE READINGS with queer border musician Luna León. She collaborates with curator Gökçe Ergör in the this room called GROUND program hosted by Les Cómplices*. She co-founded ExpoTranskultur, organization focused on developing intercultural bonds in Switzerland.

Selected Exhibitions:

Here and Now: Anti-colonial Interventions, Ludwig Museum, Köln 2022-2023
Underland: Emotions are Oceans. RADIUS Center for Contemporary Art and Ecology, Delft 2022
Habitar Tierras Fronterizas, MACT Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Tamaulipas, Matamoros 2022
Picking out images from my soul's eye, DISTRICT Berlin 2021
Monument to Use de Space (Use it, you must). PLATTEforum, Denver 2020
Letters from Onion Island, Les Complices* Zürich 2019
Auf der Suche... Nach Zürich, Helmhaus Zürich 2019

She has been artist in residency in U-jazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art Warsaw (2022) and Platteforum Denver (2020), among others.

Her work has been showed in Switzerland (Aargauer Kunsthaus, Helmhaus, Les Complices*, La Cápsula, OnCurating Space, sic! Elephant House, Das Feministische Kapital, OTO Museum, Hochrhein Triennale), in DISTRICT Berlin, in New Delhi (SAA University Gallery), in RADIUS CCA Delft NL, in Ludwig Museum, Köln, in Mexico (Monterrey, MACT Matamoros) and in USA (Platteforum Denver).

«Привет Complicxs, das ist ein Loveletter 4U»

by Vic Kiefer for RosaRot: Zeitschrift für Feminismus und Geschlechterfragen, Nr. 60
An der Grenze zwischen Wahrheit und Fiktion»

by Vic Kiefer for Die Republik
Artist Profile: Paloma Ayala»

by Cori Anderson for DARIA Denver Art Review, Inquiry, and Analysis