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20/10/2020 - 20/11/2020

Collaboration, travel, movement and political landscapes influence the work of Constanza Carvajal and Lukas Grubba, concepts like dislocation, translation and cultural exchange shape their ideas.

While Constanza was trained as an architect in a school with special focus on poetry, and landscape context as departure point of architecture, she participated in the construction of ephemeral pieces along South America. Her transition towards art began with her participation in the Art Collective Mil M2, with whom she was involved in the development of two cultural centers and art projects that involved citizen participation. Lukas, trained as Camera Assistant and photographer, currently developing own film-work. His transition towards an art practice begann with the collaboration with other artists on advising them to achieve their own video works and documentation.

Public art, participation processes, and field studies are the strategies they choose to navigate and approach a place and its people. Important for them is to be receptive towards the environment they are, by engaging it as an essential part of the work.

One guiding question to their practice is the current state of the environmental agenda. This context cannot not affect the way we produce art, the artitsts find the need to step back as consumers and to do artwork that does not contribute to damage in any way our environment. By doing so, they stepback from the pulsion of doing, or even to their preferred aesthetics, therefore the search for a harmless impact assembles itself as part of the work.

The concept of Assemble alludes to the actions of adjust, coordinate, or couple something, they see their practice as an exchange to be assembled as well, public art and film, to be feed with each others perspectives and local contexts.

Constanza Carvajal

Born 1987, Santiago de Chile. Artist and architect who lives and works in Weimar, Germany. Artist and architect, She graduated in 2019 from the MfA Program Public art and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar under Prof. Danica Dákic. Her practice explores the tensions between public and private space, everyday objects and the usage of language.

After completing her architecture studies, she spent one year working for the NGO Foundation for Overcoming Poverty, in a rural south-central area of Chile. That experience rooted in her a deep interest in social matters and in-context based work.

Since 2013 she is part of the Chilean collective Mil M2 (One thousand square meters) ( an interdisciplinary artistic collective working at its beginnings in temporarily repurposed buildings a cultural center for citizen participation and as a site-specific gallery. The collective, now nomadic, continue its work focused on prototyping cultural institutions and devices linked to specific infrastructure, communities and territories Exploring the relation between art and community engagement, through a series of public programs and ongoing performances and installations in Chile, Latin America and Europe.

Constanza’s research processes usually involve the development of workshops, discussion groups and lectures such as The Irony Workshop and You Don’t Wash your Dirty Laundry in Public, developed in 2018 and 2019, with exercises in public space.

Lukas Grubba

Born 1993, Weimar Germany. Trained as a Camera Assistant, working primarily in Television Series and Film Productions along Germany. He often collaborates with other artists involving himself in their work- processes as Director of Photography and Camera Man.

His work stands on the cross between photography, film and solid technical planning for logistics in order to achieve certain images. His film-work usually deals with landscape, special atmospherical conditions and outdoor scenes. Assisting other artists on their processes has led him to develope an interest for further interdisciplinary work especially connected with visual arts.

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