Walter Karwatzki Chagas

27.05.21 08.07.21

Brazilian visual artist who uses photography as a means of expression. For some time he photographed what was in front of his eyes. Today his search goes towards the self-referential, using his body as a means to express his vision of the world.
During 2020, Walter was part of the curatorship of the ECARTA Selection Exhibition by Milton Kurtz at the ECARTA Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Also in 2014, he curated the exhibition Katakata (here and there) at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.  He obtained the Acquisition Prize and the First Prize  in the III João Simões Lopes Neto Visual Arts Prize in Pelotas, Brazil. And in 2006 the 1st Prize in the VI International Photography Contest of the Mercociudades Network of Córdoba, Argentina.


A near death experience made me wise up and discover my own body as an ideal platform for my visual poetics. In fact, what I was looking for was not in front of me or outside, it was inside me. My photography has my body, I am in my photography. Everything was there, from the skin in. When I realized that the body is the subject and object of expressions, regardless of whether it is portrait or landscape, I put aside certain technical refinements, freeing up artistic work to understand that photography is not only what is framed in the optical viewfinder of the photo camera. Photography is inside each one.


This program has been of great importance, because through it I was able to meet various Latin American artists and their poetics. Another aspect that caught my attention was the dedication that the `ACE Project team put into our art work.

Enter to the project: Cosas Vivas

Walter Karwatzki
1959 | Maceió, Brasil
Lives and works in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2019 | PhD in Cultural Processes and Manifestations.
2015 | Specialist in Visual Poetics.

2020 | Memoridades. Novo Hamburgo, Brazil.
2014 | Asfixia, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
2013 | Contemporary Artesul: Rio Grande do Sul Artists. Montevideo. Uruguay
2011 | Trois-Rivières, Self-Portraits Project. Quebec. Canadá.
2010 | Cartographies: Iberoamerica Collective. Buenos Aires. Argentina.

2021 | “Together Apart: FUTURO”. International Program of Artistic Residencies. Proyecto ´ace. Buenos Aires. Argentina.
2014 | “Expanded Territory Video Residence”. National Arts Foundation, FUNARTE. Porto Alegre. Brazil.

2014 | Honorable Mention for “Asfixia”, IEAVI Prize for Incentive to the Production of Visual Arts. Porto Alegre, Brazil.
2008 | 1st Prize, Porto Alegre Environment Week. Porto Alegre,  Brazil.

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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