Benjamín Mayer Foulkes

Benjamín Mayer Foulkes (Mexico, 1966) is a psychoanalyst and theorist who combines clinical work with the impulse of institutional, cultural, academic and editorial initiatives. As an interlocutor of artists, he is one of the principal exponents of the international debate on photography created by the blind. He is the Founding Director of 17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos, established in Mexico City in 2001, which today holds academic, cultural pscychoanalytic, editorial and consultancy activities.

After dedicating himself to jazz music for a period of time, Mayer Foulkes received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Critical Theory from the University of Sussex in England. Later, he completed his PhD in Philosophy at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Mayer Foulkes completed his psychoanalytic training in the setting of Néstor Braunstein’s school.

He is the Director of the book collection Diecisiete and Co-Director of Política Común. Mayer Foulkes is also a boardmember of the Simposio Internacional Sobre Teoría de Arte Contemporáneo (Patronato Arte Contemporáneo); the Festival de Artes Electrónicas Transitio (Centro Nacional de la Artes); the Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola (Universiad Nacional Autónoma de México); the Fundación Pedro Meyer; and the magazine Fractal.

Photo by Eurion Brown, 2014

Participant in Seminario Fundación Cisneros 2014