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Paula Salas: Brought by the Rivers

September 18, 2012 posted in events, projects, research, residency


18th August – 14th September 2012

Opening: Friday 14 September 2012 at 19:00h

P: But so, how was it back then?

H: All of my neighbors were prostitutes, junkies or sailors.

Upominki is proud to present the results of a one-month research residency by Chilean artist Paula Salas (1982). From 18.08 until 14.09 Salas was living and working in the Upominki space where – in a close collaboration with the gallery neighbours – she developed a mural project. Between buildings and squares, Paula Salas looked for signs that embody the persistence and fluidity of the identities at work in this particular urban context. Through “Brought by the Rivers” she intended to construct a non-stereotypical portrait of the community gathered around the blocks of Kapelstraat on Coolhaveneiland, Rotterdam.

During Salas’ research, the corner space of Upominki transformed into an artist notebook and became a place for conversation and exchange which now exists as an intriguing peer inside the life happening in the neighbourhood. To give a shape for the collaborator’s experiences and opinions, on one of the gallery walls inside, Salas painted a conceptual map of the neighbourhood. Next to this, she explored own creative-process and put that on the other wall, which she called “the thinking wall”. While presented at Upominki Salas’ wall paintings aim to deliver a complex portrait that does not speak about particular individuals, but rather about interaction and mutual transformation of subjectivities, thus the one of the artist herself, and the broader community.

Final presentation: Friday 14th of September from 18.00h

Paula Salas (Chile 1982) studied a BA in Fine Arts at the university in Chile (PUC), she also completed an academic certificate in Cinema Aesthetic at the same university. From (the year) 2006 she has been showing her work in collective exhibitions and festivals. Currently Salas is completing her MA in Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam. Brought by the Rivers is the artist’s thesis presentation that complements her written work.

For info about the artist please go to

“Brought by the Rivers” is kindly supported by the University of Amsterdam and Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Het Lectoraat Art & Public Space (LAPS).

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