Marina Camargo is a visual artist. Her work is anchored around ongoing investigations that materialize in drawings, installations, sculptures, and videos.

Camargo 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.

The maps, recurrent in her artistic practice, 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.

Marina Camargo was born in Maceió (Brazil, 1980) and lives in Berlin (Germany). She has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Visual Arts from the Instituto de Artes in Porto Alegre (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, Brazil). Since the early years, an expanded notion of drawing marked her research. Image and thought are mutually constituted, thus structuring the process of artistic work itself. Cartographic issues began to interest her when she studied in Barcelona (Visual Culture at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain). Since then, the sense of physical displacement has become recurrent in her work.
In 2010, Camargo received a DAAD grant to study with Peter Kogler at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich (Germany), where she later received her Diplom. Exploring different landscape dimensions and representations of places was a central part of her research during these years.

Her works are part of the collections of Rio Art Museum (MAR), Museum of Art of Rio Grande do Sul (MARGS), Cultural Center São Paulo (CCSP), Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul (MAC-RS), among others.

Photo: Lauro Alves, 2015

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022 _ [ upcoming ] FLUID CARTOGRAPHIES AND OTHER METAMORPHOSES OF SPACE _ Fundación Giménez Lorente, Valencia (Spain)
2021 _ SHIFTING: DISPLACED_ (Seattle) Warehouse | Interloper, Seattle (USA)
2021 _ A MATTER OF DELETION AND OTHER DISAPPEARANCES _ Das Schaufenster, Seattle (USA)
2019 _ DER ORT DANACH (O lugar depois) _ Universität zu Köln | Philosophikum, Cologne (Germany)
2018 _ ANTES, E AINDA AGORA (Before, and still now)_ Espaço Cultural ESPM Porto Alegre (Brazil)
2015 _ ENSAIO SOBRE UMA ORDEM DAS COISAS (Essay on an order of things)_ Goethe-
Institut Porto Alegre (Brazil)
2013 _ O AR ENTRE AS COISAS _ Centro de Artes Visuais UFPEL | A Sala, Pelotas (Brazil)
2013 _ REFLEXO DISTANTE _ Galeria Bolsa de Arte, Porto Alegre (Brazil)
2012 _ PLANISFÉRIO _Galeria Zipper – Zip’Up, São Paulo (Brazil)
2011 _ COLOR PHOTO – PRÓXIMO DAQUI _ Galeria Bolsa de Arte, Porto Alegre (Brazil)
2009 _ MUNDOS PARALELOS _ Galeria Bolsa de Arte, Porto Alegre (Brazil)
2008 _ BIBLIOTECA _ Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
2008 _ ESPAÇAMENTO _ Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Curitiba (Brazil)
2008 _ PALAVRA PERDIDA _ Galeria Virgílio, São Paulo (Brazil)
2006 _ MUNDO _ Instituto Cultural Brasil-Espanha, Porto Alegre (Brazil)
2003 _ COLETAS CALIGRÁFICAS _ Instituto Cultural Brasil-Espanha, Porto Alegre (Brazil)
2002 _ OU O GRÁFICO DAS LETRAS _ Goethe-Institut Porto Alegre (Brazil)

AWARDS and GRANTS

2019 _ Açorianos Prize | Category: Solo Exhibition of the Year for “Antes, e ainda agora” (Secretaria da Cultura de Porto Alegre – Brazil)
2016 _ Prize Monumento Brasil2016 (FUNARTE e Ministério da Cultura – Brazil)
2014 _  Açorianos Prize | Category: Artist of the Year (Secretaria da Cultura de Porto Alegre – Brazil)
2014 _ Açorianos Prize | Category: Highlight in Photography (Secretaria da Cultura de Porto Alegre – Brazil)
2013 _ Bolsa Estímulo à Produção em Artes Visuais (Incentive Grant for Visual Arts) – FUNARTE (National Foudation for Arts – Brazil)
2012 _ IBERE CAMARGO Grant2012 _ artistic residency at Gasworks International Residency Programme (Londres – UK)
2010 _ DAAD Grant for visual artists (AdBK-Munich – Germany)
2010 _ Prize FUNARTE de Arte Contemporânea [Collective Project: Lugares/Representações] – FUNARTE (National Foudation for Arts – Brazil)
2010 _ Prize Brasil Arte Contemporânea | Fundação Bienal de São Paulo e Ministério da Cultura (Brazil)
2010 _ Açorianos Prize | Category: Incentive Award to Visual Arts Production  (Secretaria da Cultura de Porto Alegre – Brazil)
2008 _ Acquisition Prize – Centro Cultural São Paulo
 (Brazil)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2021 _ BERLIN BRITZENALE, Berlin – Germany
2021 _ EXTREMOS ABSOLUTOS, Punto Gallery, Valencia – Spain
2021 _ INTERMINGLING FLUX: GUANGZHOU IMAGE TRIENNIAL _ Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou – China
2020 _ AKADEMIEGALERIEHOMEOFFICE _ AkademieGalerie München – Germany
2020 _ RETINA _ Zeiss-Grossplanetarium, Berlin – Germany
2019 _ GOSTEM OU NÃO _ MARGS, Porto Alegre – Brazil
2019 _ EU ESTOU AQUI AGORA _ FVCB, Viamão/RS – Brazil
2019 _ SCIENCE FICTION FESTIVAL _ Deutsches Museum, Munich – Germany
2019 _ APRENDENDO COM MIGUEL BAKUN: SUBTROPICAL _ Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo – Brazil
2019 _ TECHNE _ Paço Municipal, Porto Alegre – Brazil + Galerie Verein Berliner Künstler, Berlin – Germany
2019 _ FIRE FAÍSCA FUNKE _ Galeria Mario Kreuzberg, Berlin – Germany
2018 _ MINOR COSMOPOLITAN_ Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin – Germany
2018 _ LOOP Discover Award _ Former Damm Factory, Barcelona – Spain + GlogauAIR, Berlin – Germany
2018 _ ATERRO _ Pinacoteca Ruben Berta, Porto Alegre – Brazil
2018 _ RSXXI Rio Grande do Sul Experimental _ Santander Cultural, Porto Alegre – Brazil
2018 _ TORUS: SETE LADOS DE UMA PAISAGEM _ Galeria Mamute, Porto Alegre – Brazil
2018 _ LA IMAGEN ARDE / FESTIVAL BYTE FOOTAGE _ Centro Cultural Kirchner – Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2018 _ AO LADO DELA, DO LADO DE LÁ _ UFBA Museum (Pará, Brazil) + Mitte Media Festival (Berlin, Germany)
2017 _ ELOGIAMOS A CASA A PERDER DE VISTA _ Galeria Bolsa de Arte, São Paulo – Brazil
2017 _ AÃ _ FVCB (Fundação Vera Chaves Barcellos), Viamão – Brazil
2017 _ DIE BLAUE NACHT_ St. Egidien Kirche, Nuremberg – Germany
2016 _ A CIDADE, AS RUÍNAS E DEPOIS [The city, the ruins and aftermath] _ Torre Malakoff, Recife – Brazil
2016 _ KOMPLIZEN _ HbK Saarbrücken – Germany
2016 _ DOCUMENTOS DE TRANSIÇÃO _ Galeria Península, Porto Alegre – Brazil
2015 _ ON PAPER _ Galería Area 72, Valencia – Spain
2015 _ TENDÊNCIA DO LIVRO DE ARTISTA NO BRASIL – 30 ANOS DEPOIS _ CCSP, São Paulo – Brazil
2015 _ A ARTE E A CIÊNCIA – NÓS ENTRE OS EXTREMOS _ Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo – Brazil
2015 _ FILMES E VÍDEOS DE ARTISTAS COLEÇÃO ITAÚ CULTURAL _ Fundação Iberê, Porto Alegre – Brazil
2015 _ FINISTERRE _ Sputenik the Window, Oporto – Portugal
2015 _ PROYECTOR 15 _ 8th International Video Art Festival, Quinta del Sordo, Madrid – Spain
2015 _ IVAHM _ New Media Festival – Centro Neomudéjar, Madrid – Spain
2014 _ CIDADE GRÁFICA _ Itaú Cultural, São Paulo – Brazil
2014 _ O DESENHO COMO INSTRUMENTO _ SESC Pompéia, São Paulo – Brazil
2014 _ DAS SPIEL HÖRT ES AUF, WENN ES ZU ENDE IST _ Auswärtiges Amt – Lichthof (Berlin) + Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden) – Germany
2013 _ CAMPO MAGNÉTICO _ Fundação ECARTA, Porto Alegre – Brazil
2013 _ O JOGO SÓ ACABA QUANDO TERMINA _ Sesc Quitandinha (Rio de Janeiro) + Museu Nacional (Brasília) + Palacete das Artes (Salvador) + Anexo Zabala, Banco da República (Montevideo, Uruguay) + SESC Quitandinha (Rio de Janeiro)
2013 _ WALKING _ Paço das Artes, São Paulo – Brazil
2012 _ MAR DE TUBARÃO _ Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo – Brazil
2012 _ FILE Hipersonica São Paulo _ SESI, São Paulo – Brazil
2012 _ ACIREMA _ Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles – USA
2011 _ OS 10 PRIMEIROS ANOS _ Instituto Tomie Othake, São Paulo – Brazil
2011 _ SEHNSUCHT _ AABER Artspace, Munich – Germany
2011 _ 8. MERCOSUL BIENNIAL_ Mostra Além Fronteiras _ MARGS (Museu de Arte do RS), Porto Alegre – Brazil
2011 _ MOVING IMAGES _ ADBK, Munich – Germany
2011 _ PERCURSOS SIMULADOS _ Paço das Artes, São Paulo – Brazil
2011 _ LUGARES/REPRESENTAÇÕES _ FUNARTE, São Paulo – Brazil
2010 _ THE SOUTH PROJECT _ The West Wing, Melbourne – Australia
2010 _ DOIS PONTOS _ Museu Murillo la Greca, Recife – Brazil
2010 _ CONVIVÊNCIA ESPACIAL _ Fundação ECARTA, Porto Alegre + Museu
Murillo La Greca, Recife – Brazil
2009 _ 7th MERCOSUL BIENNIAL_ Projetáveis, Porto Alegre – Brazil
2009 _ FILE RIO _ Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
2008 _ 15th SALÃO DA BAHIA _ Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador – Brazil
2008 _ FILE _ SESI, São Paulo – Brazil
2007 _ PALAVRA FIGURADA _ Centro Cultural ESPM, Porto Alegre – Brazil
2007 _ PERCURSOS _ Galeria do DMAE, Porto Alegre – Brazil
2006 _ ATOS VISUAIS _ FUNARTE Brasília – Brazil
2005 _ USOS RITUALS – MÉS ENLLÀ DEL LENGATGE _ Centre Civic Can Felipa, Barcelone – Spain

CATALOGUES / AUTHORSHIP IN PUBLICATIONS (selection):

SCHULZE, Peter; CUADRA, Claudia (Org). Marina Camargo: Der Ort danach | O lugar depois. Cologne: Universität zu Köln, 2019. ISBN 978-3-948399-00-9

CAMARGO, Marina. Beckton Alps: arquivos e pesquisas 2012-2018 = Beckton Alps: archive & research 2012-2018 / Marina Camargo. Porto Alegre: M. Camargo, 2019. ISBN 978-85-91-6613-2-9

CAMARGO, Marina. Antes, e ainda agora / Marina Camargo, Paulo Miyada. – Porto Alegre: M. Camargo, 2018. ISBN 978-85-916613-1-2

CAMARGO, Marina. Como se faz um deserto / Marina Camargo, com colaboração de Janaína Amado … [et al]. Porto Alegre: M. Camargo, 2013. ISBN 978-85-916613-0-5

THOMAZ, A.; ESCOBAR, D.; CAMARGO, M. Lugares/Representações. Porto Alegre: [s.ed.], 2011