Born in 1952 in the Magdeburg region in Germany, Gerhard Haupt lives and works in Berlin. He holds a doctorate in art history and is a specialist in Mexican art and contemporary South American art. An art critic and independent curator, he is a member of AICA. In 1995 he created and organized the symposium The Marco Polo Syndrome : Problems of intercultural communication in art theory and curatorial practice at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. In 1998, also for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, he organized an Internet forum called Cultural Exchange via Internet – Opportunities and Strategies.