Camila Salcedo
1996 Caracas, Venezuela
Lives in Canada

2018 BFA Interdisciplinary, NSCAD University. Canada.

RiAP, Art in the Open, Nocturne, articule, 7a*8d, the Anna Leonowens Gallery, the Khyber Centre for the Arts, and Connexion Artist-Run-Centre (Canada)
La Pocha Nostra (Mexico) and GUS (South Africa).

Creative Innovators of Tomorrow Award, the Arthur Lismer Award for Academic Excellence, etc. 
2018 Individual Artist Professional Development Grant through Arts Nova Scotia 

Arquetopia in Oaxaca and The Lab Program in CDMX (México)

Camila Salcedo


Raíces ...

28.01.2019 to 22.02.2019

Raíces: A Textile and Performative Exploration

As a diasporic Latinx body, as a Venezuelan woman, and as an immigrant to Canada, my artistic practice largely explores various dichotomies, such as: being a Latinx in Canada, being a queer body with a Catholic upbringing, and growing up femme in a machista and patriarchal society. I often also explore ideas of migration, displacement, identity, queerness, politics, decolonization and feminism rooted in intersectionality. As an interdisciplinary artist, these ideas are carried out mostly through performance, video and textiles; and most of my work visually involves vibrant and llamativo colours. I am attracted to  performance as a medium because of its ephemeral, spaceless, and time-based aspects; much like immigrating, performance requires adaptability, unpredictability and improvisation. Through personas such as Lil’ Arepa, Miss Universe, and Señorita Invierno Tropical, I have enacted various fictional characters which reference my Venezuelan cultural identity in the context of living in Canada. In my most recent explorations, I have been focusing on ideas around deconstruction of monuments around the world and how these actions may be choreographed through dance. 

Throughout my time at ‘ACE, I am also interested in questioning my own production in utilizing flags as materials for textile works, as well as, would like to begin to use maps as a new object for research and object creation. I am interested in this program because I am keen in creating artworks within the context of Latin America, especially as a young immigrant to Canada from Venezuela who has never returned to my homeland. What does being a Latinx mean? What are the implications of being a Latinx based in North America returning to the Global South? How are art practices influenced by being outside or within ones home?

I am interested in holding conversations around migration, birthplace, homeland, citizenship and the law, exile, and questioning colonialism, patriotism and nationalism within the context of Argentina and abroad.