Posts Tagged ‘Paula Salas’


Border Agency ~event in the framework of Liquid Landscapes: what if the ground under your feet can’t be trusted?

July 4, 2019 posted in collaboration, events, research

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Time: 19:00 – 21:30

Together with the Border Agency collective, we would like to cordially invite you to join and discuss their research titled Liquid Landscapes: what if the ground under your feet can’t be trusted?, through which the concepts of landscape, media, and identity are being addressed. This gathering is a proposition for starting a new conversation, during which each participant will be asked to reflect on the following question: what if the ground under your feet can’t be trusted? 

The participants’ answers will be then collectively discussed through the perspective of this research that questions the experience of a weaponized landscape. How can an everyday landscape become a weapon? Can a certain territory turn against its inhabitants? What strategies can we use in order to access and appropriate a territory that has been already weaponized?


This activity is a side event of the Border Agency collective solo exhibition at the Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen. You are also invited to visit the exhibition opening on Sunday, July 7, 15.00. Opening speech at 15.30, followed by Q&A, drinks and music by Mayo. The exhibition will run until 1 of September this year. Kunstfort Vijfhuizen Fortwachter 1, 2141 EV Vijfhuizen.

Fort bij Vijfhuizen was part of a 19th cen­tury mil­i­tary strategy which trans­formed land­scape into a weapon by using water as a de­fense line. Con­sid­ering this Stelling van Amsterdam re­mained un­used and thus, in turn, be­came part of the land­scape, col­lec­tive Border Agency con­fronts in their ex­hi­bi­tion vis­i­tors with an “ac­tive” land­scape. For Liquid Landscapes they com­bine their on­going Land­mines Pro­ject with new work. This new in­stal­la­tion, made with local col­lab­o­ra­tors, ques­tions the ex­pe­ri­ence of a weaponized land­scape by linking the Stelling van Amsterdam and the mine­fields in the At­a­cama desert, at the bor­ders of Chile, Ar­gen­tina, Peru and Bo­livia.

Border Agency is an in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tive formed in Chile, which studies the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of land­scape and re­la­tion­ships that are es­tab­lished in dif­ferent com­mu­ni­ties. They use video, audio, dig­ital pho­tog­raphy, draw­ings and in­stal­la­tion. The col­lec­tive is run by Maria-Rosario Mon­tero, Paula Salas and Se­bas­tian Melo.

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Upominki at Galería Metropolitana

May 5, 2019 posted in collaboration, events, projects, research, residency, subsidy

GALERÍA METROPOLITANA, within the framework of its curatorial program 
2018-2020, Strategies to divert Neoliberalism, presents:
Upominki (residency and research)

Friday 3 May 2019 at 19h

Weronika Zielinska (Upominki, Rotterdam) finishes off her residency in Galería Metropolitana, as part of an intercontinental exchange, which includes two self-guided residency programs between Santiago and Rotterdam. This exchange results from the same interests that both projects share with respect to: autonomy and self-initiative, economy and relationships; reciprocity and care. And, given that the two projects operate from the domestic space, we wish to frame this exchange as an extension of our work’ politics that crosses art and life.

From April 19 to May 2, Weronika conducted a research-based project in collaboration with Bruno, Lilly and Marc Klein, the artist’s closest family. In this period they have been developing meetings and conversations with the local communities of artists, academics, students, neighbours, activists and Mapuche creators in order to learn about the different feminist and other practices.

“Galería Metropolitana is spacious and children friendly with easy access for wheelchairs and strollers. By taking my family on a residency I meant to productively deal with the struggle of balance –between my work and life– without undermining one from another. By making the existing precarious conditions explicit, I used them as opportunities for creating new meanings. Shaped by trust and generosity not by distant prejudices, this project’s main objective was spontaneity and no high expectations. The given conditions weren’t obstacles, hence neither they were counterfeit nor new, for any one. As work is part of life, life becomes part of the work. Finally this project carries the approach through which I claim and make visible the artist-mother’ way, amidst the two modes of her being and operating in the world. (WZK)

This project is kindly supported by CBK Rotterdam.

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Paula Salas: Brought by the Rivers / documentation

September 20, 2012 posted in documentation, functional objects and materials, money, projects, research, residency

(Read more about Paula Salas’ project here)


Brought by the Rivers became an experience one of a kind; same for the artist who had the chance to be the first resident working and living at Upominki, as for the people living and working in the buildings around the space itself. Salas not only deliverd an amazing visual work with a temporal character, but especially, she managed to create an atmosphere, which will remain in our memories for a long time.


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





In exchange, artist Joaquín Cociña (husband of Salas who also lived at Upominki for one month), shot a video for us that we will be presenting during our project at Kunstvlaai Festival of Independents | INexactly THIS (23.11- 02.12.2012)


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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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