Constanza Camila Kramer Garfias, works and lives in Munich, Germany

*born in Chile


SELECTION OF UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

2022 Landscapes and Visions, group exhibition, Torre Civica, Bassano del Grappa, Italy

2022 PERG gallery, group exhibition, Asperger Str. 12, Ludwigsburg, Germany

2022 Saloon Network woman in art world, group exhibition, Munich

2023 Chilean Underground, group exhibition, espacio 218, Portal Fernandez Concha, Santiago, Chile

2023 PERG gallery, group exhibition, Asperger Str. 12, Ludwigsburg, Germany

2023 Debutants Young Talent Award, group exhibition, Galerie der KünstlerInnen, Munich


SELECTION OF PAST EXHIBITIONS

2022Hoch-Zeit, group exhibition, curated by Christian Kölbl, Invalidenstraße 145, Berlin

2022 TACKER, group exhibition, Galerie der KünstlerInnen, Munich

2022 Constanza Camila Kramer Garfias/ Silvia Inselvini, group exhibition, Benjamin Eck Gallery, Munich

2022 ALL SENSES ARE LOST, NoDepressionRoom, Off-Space, Dachauer Str. 157, Munich

2022 1 Kasten, group exhibition, curated by Christian Kölbl, Schönwalder Strasse 44, Berlin

2022 Quieter than silence, private group exhibition, Venetia Initiatives, Greenwich Street, New York

2022 The creative room #2, group exhition, a.topos Venice, Fondamente dei Penini, Venice, Italy

2022 SHARING, group exhibition, Galerie der KünstlerInnen, Munich

2021 Am Ende gewinnt der Troll, group exhibition, Orangerie Englisch Garden, Munich

2021 Chilean Conexión, group exhibition, Monopol Areal Reinickendorf, Berlin

2021 Ambactia Memoria, SOMOS Art house space, group exhibition, Kottbusser Damm, Berlin

2021 Traverse, online group exhibition, AMALGAMA Art. Ltd, Paul Street, London 

2021 International KOGEI Award exhibition, Takaoka Art Museum, group exhibiton, Takaoka, Japan

2021 International KOGEI Award exhibition, group exhibition, Art & Design Museum Toyama, Japan

2020 Munich OPEN ART, group exhibition, Venetia Initiatives Curatiorial Projects, Liebigstraße, Munich 


AWARDS

2022 Debutants Young Talent Award, BBK Munich & Upper Bavaria/ Association of Visual Artists, Munich

2022 Portrait ART incubator Special Award, Portrait Art Venice & a.topos Venice, Italy

2021 Honorable Mention Award, International KOGEI Award, Toyama, Japan


SELECTION OF GRANTS,  RESIDENCIES & WORKSHOPS

2023 Artist catalogue grant from the Free State of Bavaria and the LfA Förderbank Bayern, Munich

2023 espacio 218, one month artist in residency project, Portal Fernandez Concha, Santiago, Chile

2022 Grants for artists by the Free State of Bavaria grant programme "Young Art and New Ways"

2021 Neustartkultur grant from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Germany

2021 The Artist and the others & Platform München, "Build your professional artistic

backbone", summer training for emerging artists, scholarship, Munich

2019 Venetia Initiatives Art Residency in Maremma, Tuscany, Italy 

2018 Natural dyeing Workshop at Studio Shikari, Okazaki, Japan 

2017 Japanese Print Workshop at Studio Futaba in Tokyo, Japan 


OTHER PROJECTS 

2022 Pshemek Kaminskiy, Collaboration for a textile artwork and a dance performance, Berlin

2021 Bavarian State Opera, Jacquardweaves development for the Idomeneo

opera play for Costume Designer Victoria Behr, Munich

2021 Naumburg Kathedral, Jacquard weave development for altar fabrics,

group project with Inka Schottdorf and Margarita Wenzel, Naumburg, Germany

2018 Guest Lecturer on Mapuche Textiles at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne


EDUCATION

2020 Philosophy & Italian Studies, LMU University of Munich, Germany

2019 Burg Giebichenstein University for Arts and Design Halle/Saale, Diploma at Prof. Carolin Achaintre

2017 Burg Giebichenstein University for Arts and Design Halle/Saale, Textile Studies, Germany

2011 German Master School for Fashion in Munich, fashion and communication design 


COLLABORATION PARTNERS

Bavarian State Opera & Bavarian State Ballett, Munich, Germany

Studio Shikari, atelier for natural dyeing, Okazaki Japan

Tessitura Serrica Taborelli, Silk weaving mill, Como, Italy 

Textiles Museum Haslach, Haslach an der Mühl, Textile center and Museum, Austria 


SELECTION OF PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

2022 VIVA MONACO magazine, artist portrait at vivamonaco.de online and print magazine, Germany

2022 The creative room #2 Utopia Dystopia, a.topos exhibition review at juliet-artmagazine.com, Italy

2022 Am Ende gewinnt der Troll, exhibition catalog, funded by the Akademie Verein (ADBK), Munich

2021 International KOGEI Award exhibition catalog, Toyama, Japan

2020 bluebee magazine, international art magazine, Volume 3, London 

2020 DIÁFANO modern art magazine, 3rd issue, Barcelona 

ARTIST STATEMENT


Constanza Camila Kramer Garfias is a Chilean Munich-based artist who has dedicated herself to textiles. The critical examination of textiles appears in the foreground as the medium of her work and is also a reflection of her cultural roots. In her works, for instance, in HYPERISM (2019), she reanimates the history and culture of her ancestors, the native Mapuche people living in Chile, to show the importance of their culture and their understanding of the Cosmos. Through Constanza Camila Kramer Garfias's engagement with theories of postcolonialism and her bicultural background, she has developed artistic methods to deconstruct colonial structures in textiles. Her works are about taking textiles to their limits as a medium and subject, combining both artisanal and industrial techniques. With her current project Autobahn Evolution – Generation Overload (2022), she interweaves genetic research and computer science into her artistic practice. This undertaking will be represented visually by crossing two textiles and their resulting offspring. With the use of artificial intelligence, the intersection of the two weaved artworks will be mathematically calculated. Through her works, she aims to transform the traditional perception of textiles in western societies and to find a new voice for textiles in the visual arts.



BIOGRAPHY


Constanza Camila Kramer Garfias holds a Master of Arts degree in Textiles from the Burg Giebichenstein University in Germany. In 2017 and 2018, she travelled to Japan to work with Japanese dyeing masters to learn about traditional and ancient techniques on how to create natural colors with plants. In her Munich studio, she grows her dye plants such as Indigo or Woad and continues to experiment with dyeing methods. Another part of her artistic practice involves her theoretical, structural, and historical engagement with looms. Her approach is characterized by exhausting the algorithms of a loom and by deconstructing normative constructions of fabrics. Not only does she develop Jacquard fabrics with manufacturers in Como/Italy, but also continues to play with new textile techniques such as tufting. Wanting to engage with philosophical theories in her artistic practice, she started studying Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. With her Jacquard work HYPERISM (2019) she received one of four Honorable Mention Awards from the International KOGEI Award Japan 2021. Her work was exhibited internationally at the Arts and Design Museum of Toyama and the Takaoka Arts Museum in Japan, as well as in local shows at the Orangerie at the Englischer Garten in Munich, Chilean Conexíon Festival in Berlin, and soon at the Galerie Benjamin Eck in Munich.


Constanza Camila Kramer Garfias in her Munich studio; Photo by Dirk Bader, 2022

Constanza Camila Kramer Garfias in her Munich studio; Photo by Dirk Bader, 2022