Marina Camargo (Brazil, 1980)
Marina Camargo was born in Maceió, Brazil. She studied visual arts and holds a Diploma from Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (Germany), a Bachelor and a Master degree from Instituto de Artes at UFRGS (Porto Alegre – Brazil), and studied Visual Culture at Universitat de Barcelona (Spain).
Camargo’s work is anchored around ongoing investigations that materialize in drawings, installations, sculptures, and videos. She explores a notion of displacement in her work, either as a physical or a conceptual displacement. The idea of shifting perception beyond codes and conventions is present in her artistic practice to provoke disturbances in an established order. The relationship with spaces and places is fundamental to the artist’s thought, being defined as much by the dimension of lived experience as through its representation: memory, migration, elements of material culture (found images, archives), the historical aspect of the landscape, the constructed nature/naturalization of artificial landscapes, are some of the themes that permeate Marina Camargo’s research. Recurrent in her artistic practice, the maps also indicate a direct relationship with spaces and places. A kind of translation is involved in the mapping when a three-dimensional space is transformed into a two-dimensional representation. In this translation, a series of choices, distortions, and deletions occur that reveal the presence of power mechanisms. With her artwork, Marina alters not only the shape of continents and borders but mainly provokes disturbances in these established narratives.
Her works are part of the art collections of the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), MARGS (Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul), Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), MAC-RS (Museum of Contemporary Art – Rio Grande do Sul), Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães (MAMAM), Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana, among others.