Carla Acevedo-Yates is a curator, researcher, and art critic based in San Juan, Puerto Rico and New York. She earned a Master in Curatorial Studies and Contemporary Art at CCS Bard College and a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Cultures from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). In 2008 she founded Dawire.com, an online platform based in Puerto Rico for contemporary art that addressed emerging art production on the island and abroad, while hosting a wide range of contributors from the Americas. Since 2009 she has worked as an independent curator. Recent projects include Turn on the bright lights at the Hessel Museum of Art, Soy Isla at Artists Space Books and Talks, The Dialectic City: Document | Context at Laboratorio de Artes Binarios, and OB-R at ARTLAB753, a project that experimented with exhibition formats and collaborative production models. Her writing has appeared in Artpulse, Mousse, La Tempestad, and South as a State of Mind. Current research interests include post-global discourses in artistic and curatorial practice, recuperative art histories, decolonial frameworks and curatorial methods, and collaborative transnational production platforms. She is the founder of the Institute for Tropical Research, an online research project that addresses tropicalities in contemporary art through historical research, documentation, and critical thinking.