3rd AiR Carpintarias 2020

Visual Arts Residency for foreigner artists non-based in Portugal with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s support.

Chilean artist Camila Lobos Díaz (1988) was selected for this Artist in Residence program, which has begun in September and will take place until December.

This residence aims to develop a criative work that brings the community surrounding Carpintarias closer to the Cultural Center and contemporary art. In that sense, meetings and workshops are being held.  

The artist’s work can be seen at her website.

Camila Lobos Díaz lives and works between London (UK) and Santiago (CL). She obtained her BFA degree from the Catholic University of Chile (2013) and an MFA Sculpture in Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2019). Her work, mainly three-dimensional, is about making the socio-political-cultural context visible. It explores the relationship between power and visibility. Her current research is developed in the intersection between art and human geography extrapolating her research around periphery, marginality and invisibility to global processes linked to migration, power centres and costs of progress in less developed countries. Camila is a winner of the Chilean National Cultural Council Grant: FONDART (2019); Santiago Municipality Visual Art Awards 2017 (Chile); Slade Bursary 2017 (UK); “Art and technology” Award, Telefónica Foundation 2013 (Chile); LENOVO Art Prize, 2012 (Chile). In 2017 she received the Yitzhak Danziger Scholarship to undertake the MFA degree at Slade School of Art in London. She has been nominated for different
awards such as Red Mansion Art Prize 2018 (UK - China), UCL Museum/ Slade Collaboration 2018 (UK).
Camila developed an Artist in Residency programme at Berlin Sessions, in Berlin, Germany, she has been recently commissioned by Tate Modern Museum to develop a special edition of Christmas cards (2019). In 2017 she was commissioned by the Chilean Ministry of Culture and Arts to create the Public Art Project “El lugar de la visibilidad” and in 2016 was awarded a grant to develop an Artist in Residence programme by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Austria). Her work has been widely shown individually and collectively in Latin America and Europe. An example of this is her participation in spaces such as Museum of Contemporary Art (Chile), Telefónica Foundation (Chile), Galería Bech (Chile), Facultad de Artes ASAB Universidad Distrital de Bogotá (Colombia), Kunstraum Niederösterreich Museum (Austria), Gallery Schleifmühlgasse 12-14 (Austria), 12th Havana Biennial (Cuba), L.A. Art Show (USA), Woburn Research Centre, Creekside Gallery (UK) and Hinterland Galerie (AT).

Migration and the idea of belonging are not just important topics in the artist’s practice, but also have shaped her biography and way of understanding the world and the space that she inhabits. Camila comes from a family of migrants, who arrived in Chile as refugees of the Spanish civil war and she has been a migrant for almost her whole adult life, living in different countries such as Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Austria and, for the past three years, the UK.

She has been involved in projects related to belonging, migration and geopolitics because those are the topics of her most interest (i.e."El lugar de la visibilidad", "Existencia en el borde" and "brave into new times"). She is specially attentive to symbols of Nationalism, looking for traces of it in her everyday life. In the current political context, she finds urgent to create, through her practice, space(s) of belonging, by embracing the value of multiculturalism and the human dimension of the context.

The principal motivation for this residency is the leitmotiv stated by Carpintarias for this AIR programme: “the idea of and the reflection on the concept of community. What is ‘community’ and how is it set-up; how can we build a ‘community’ through contemporary art?"

The project is a visual research that has at its core the question of how to create a space of belonging through art practice. The project will be developed within the interaction and collaboration of the community around Carpintarias, address ideas of belonging, nationalism and politics of identity and exclusion throughout the development of artworks.

This project emerges from an interdisciplinary attempt to intersect research in the field of Human Geography and politics with Fine Art practice, in order to understand and explore how dynamics of exclusion can be negotiated through art.

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