Lassla Esquivel Durand


I am a UK-based art historian and curator specialising in contemporary art and the art market, with a focus on emerging markets. I hold an MA in History and Business of the Contemporary Art Market from Warwick University and IESA arts and culture with an awarded merit-based scholarship FONCA-CONACYT. I am part of the steering committee of The Society of History of Collecting, London. 

In 2016 I founded Periferia Projects, a curatorial platform which aims to connect emerging markets in Latin America with the UK and Europe in order to promote collaborations between galleries, artists and institutions. I have curated exhibitions in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the UK.

I have taught in different institutions postgraduate programmes such as Arts and Cultural Management at IESA arts and culture in Paris, and was full time lecturer in Art Business at the MSc programme Art, Law and Business at Christie’s Education in London. 

Research interests

My research interests currently are focused in emerging markets, private museums and its relation to the art market. My latest research has been published by Routledge in the anthology: Art Museums of Latin America Structuring Representation. I am undertaking a PhD at the University of Leeds with the project: The Role of Private Museums in Emerging Markets. Case studies: Jumex Collection and Coppel Collection, Mexico.