Margarita DITTBORN

 

Margarita Dittborn was born in Santiago, Chile in 1981. Now an emerging photography artist who has exhibited in various international art fairs such as Art Dubai, Artissima in Italy and Scope Basel in Switzerland, she has won several awards including the “Best Chilean Photography Exhibition Prize 2008” at the Art Critics Circle Awards for her “Lovesick Woman” series in Chile. In 2009, she was selected as one of the top 500 young artists in the world and featured in a directory “Younger than Jesus” published by the New Museum in New York and Phaidon, in conjunction with the museum’s new signature triennial and first major international exhibition by the same title, where all the artists were under the age of 33 years old at the time of the exhibition.

Margarita Dittborn’s work draws inspiration from her own life experiences, which circle around identifiable themes such as love and relationships, pain and suffering, basic needs and desires. What makes her work stand out is the way in which she presents these experiences and themes. Using digital photomontage and lots of creativity, she pieces together different textures and objects, both real and artificial, and sometimes in disproportionate proportions. At times she might incorporate poetic elements and the concept of lighting from Baroque paintings by Old Masters (only those she has seen in person at the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago), draw references from Chile’s colonial history, aboriginal culture or religious motifs. Her work is a presentation of her own interpretations of her subject matter and a result of her self-criticism while the process of creating is both a means of healing and a way of documenting a milestone.

Award

2009

Best Chilean Photography Exhibition Prize 2008 for "Enfermas de Amor" (Lovesick Woman), Círculo de Críticos de Chile (Art Critics Circle Awards), Galería Florencia Loewenthal, Chile

2008

Third Young Artists Competition (selected artist), MAVI (Museo de Artes Visuales), Santiago, Chile


2007

Second Young Artists Competition (selected artist), MAVI (Museo de Artes Visuales), Santiago, Chile

Young Artists Competition (selected artist), Valparaíso, Chile
Second Digital Art Competition (selected artist), organized by MATUCANA 100, Revista Paula and Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile
XXI Century Artists (selected artist), Centro de Extensión (Extension Center) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

2006

Young Artists Competence (special prize), MAVI (Museo de Artes Visuales), Santiago, Chile
National Young artists Competition, Second prize, Valparaíso. Chile.

2002

Selected Photography Untitled for the competition show “El Río y la Ciudad” (The River and the City), MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo), Santiago, Chile

Education

1997

Black and White Photography Workshop by María Paz Mellado, Centro Cultural para la Juventud PADRE MARIANO, Providencia, Santiago, Chile

1999

Basic Photography Program, Instituto Bob Borowicz, Santiago, Chile

2002
Photography Studies, Instituto Profesional ARCOS, Santiago, Chile

Solo Exhibitions

2015

“My Little Theories on Love and its Conspiracies”, Connoisseur Contemporary, Hong Kong
"Distances, lights and monsters", UNDEFINE SPACE, Shanghai, China
“La intención de irse y de quedar en el mismo lugar", Galería La Sala, Santiago, Chile

2014

“ávido apetito”, Galeria Isabel Croxatto with Absolut, Santiago, Chile
Selected Works 2006-2014, Piso Diseño P.A

2013

“Puerto del Hambre (Port of Hunger)”, Connoisseur Contemporary, Hong Kong

2010

“En Vuestras Tierras Quisiera Yo Descansar (I Would Like to Rest in Your Land)”, Sala Gasco, Gasco Foundation, Santiago, Chile
“Enferma de Amor (Lovesick Woman)”, Connoisseur Contemporary, Hong Kong

2009

Galeríá Arcaute, Monterrey, Mexico

2008

Enfermas de Amor (Lovesick Woman), Florencia Loewenthal Gallery, Santiago, Chile

Major Exhibitions

2015

Lima Photo (Feria internacional de fotografía Contemporánea de Perú), Lima, Peru
Art STGO (Feria nacional de arte contemporáneo de Stgo de Chile), Chile
ChACO (Feria internacional de arte contemporáneo de Chile), Santiago, Chile

2014

“Más es Más”, Galeria Madhaus Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile
“Recorded Images”, Instituto Cultural de Providencia, Santiago, Chile
Maestros Cinéticos y Artistas en Boga, Ch.ACO 14, The Contemporary Art Fair of Chile, Santiago, Chile
MAM (Museo de Arte Moderno) de Chiloé, Región de Los Lagos, Chile
"Vírgenes, Mártires y Santas Mujeres (Virgins, Martyrs and Holy Women)", Museo Casa de La Moneda, Santiago, Chile
Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Art STGO (Feria Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago de Chile), Chile
Collective Exhibition, Galería La Sala, Santiago, Chile
“Cámara Oculta (Hidden Camera)", Contemporary Photography Collective Exhibition, Galería Vértice, Lima, Perú

2013

Group exhibition with Mariana Tocornal, “Alegorias de dolor propio”, Centro de Extensión Universidad de los Andes, Santiago de Chile
Solo Collage curated by Mr Carlos Montes de Oca, Corporation Cultural Las Condes, Las Condes, Chile
“Camara Oculta (Hidden Camera)”, Vertice Galeria de Arte, Lima, Peru

2012

Art Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
ArteBa, Buenos Aires’ Annual Contemporary Art Fair, Argentina
Group exhibition, ArteObjeto en Galeria 13, Santiago de Chile
ChACO, Contemporary Art Fair of Chile, Santiago de Chile
Group exhibition, FAXXI Feria de Artistas, Las Condes, Chile
BAZART UC Fair of Contemporary Art, Universidad Católica de Chile

2011

ChACO International Fair of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Chile,
Participation in the Deviant, a group exhibition of photographs on the whereabouts of the bus system in Santiago, Chile
Lima Photo, International Fair of Contemporary Photography, Lima, Peru
Group exhibition launch XS Gallery, Santiago de Chile
Art Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
BAZART UC Fair of Contemporary Art, Universidad Católica de Chile

2010 Relational Project in the City of Rancagua, Headed by the Chilean visual artist Maria Jose Leon, Rancagua,Chile
Around the College, curated by visual artist Carlos Montes de Oca, Marlborough Gallery, Santiago, Chile

2010

Solo Exhibition, Venetia Kapernekas Gallery, New York, USA
Group Exhibition, Allegro Gallery, Panama City, Panama
ArteBa (Buenos Aires’ Annual Contemporary Art Fair), Represented by Florencia Loewenthal Gallery
Scope Basel, Basel, Switzerland
KIAF/10, Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea
Artissima 17, International Fair of Contemporary Art in Torino, Turin, Italy
By Confirmed: Performance of Collection, Facing one's own work with a work from the permanent collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile
Collective, Centro de Extensión (Extension Center) at the University of Concepción, Chillan, Chile
Collective alongside Chilean visual artists Cecilia Avendaño, Antonia Cruz, Catalina Gonzalez, Centro de Extensión (Extension Center) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
ChACO International Fair of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Chile
Replica, curated by Camila Jorquiera, Henry Angremi and Morgan Guerin organized by Galería Azerty, Paris, France
ArtPanamá (International contemporary Art Fair in Panamá), Panama

2009

Through the Painter's Lens, Holden Luntz Gallery, Florida, USA
First Chilean Art Triennal, Group show "El Terremoto de Chile" (The Earthquake in Chile) curated by Fernando Castro Flórez, MAC Quinta Normal, Santiago, Chile
CHaCO International Fair of Contemporary Art, Represented by Galería Florencia Loewenthal, Chile
Group show curated by Andrea Josch, Centro Cultural Simón Patiño, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Borderless Generation – Young Artists in Latin America, Korea Foundation Cultural Center, Seoul, Korea.

Inverosimil, Vértice Galería de Arte, Lima, Peru
ArteBa (Buenos Aires’ Annual Contemporary Art Fair), Represented by Galería Animal, Chile
LENGUA AL PLATO, Two-person Show, Galería SAM, Santiago, Chile
CIGE (International Contemporary Art Fair Beijing, China), represented by Galería Arcaute, Mexico
(De) Constructions, curated by María Inés Adaros, Center of the Arts of Guanajuato, Salamanca and University of Guanajuato, México
ESCENA ALTERADA (Altered Scene), Galería Animal, Santiago, Chile

2008

Sala Cero (Room Zero), Galería Animal, Santiago, Chile
ArtBo (Bogota International Art Fair, Bogotá, Colombia), Represented by Galería Florencia Loewenthal, Chile
ArteBa (Buenos Aires’ Annual Contemporary Art Fair), Represented by Galería Animal, Chile

Esta no/es una exposición de género (This is/not an Exhibition of Gender) curated by Soledad Novoa, Centro Cultural de España (Cultural Center of Spain) Santiago, Chile
SP-Arte (International Contemporary Art Fair, Sao Paulo), Represented by Galería Florencia Loewenthal, Chile
Producto de Fábrica (Product Factory), Two-person Show, Centro de Extensión (Extension Center) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

2007

BAC (Barcelona International Festival of Contemporary Art), Galería La Santa, Barcelona, Spain

LECCIÓN DE FE (Lesson of Faith), Galería BECH, Santiago, Chile


CHILE CHICO Group Exhibition organized by the collective “No More Nails”, Santiago, Chile Ready, Set, Go! organized by the group “No More Nails”, Cultural Center of Spain, Providence, Santiago, Chile
DUPLEX POWER organized by the collective “No More Nails”, Santiago, Chile
SHOW ME THE BEST organized by the collective “No More Nails”, Santiago, Chile
Sección Accesible (Access Section), Galería Mall Plaza Vespucio, held in Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile

Publication

2009

"Younger than Jesus", Directory of International Artists, New Museum, New York, USA

2010

“Connoisseur Contemporary Volume II”, Paperback catalogue, Connoisseur Contemporary, Hong Kong