Walter Karwatzki Chagas
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.
STATEMENT DEL ARTISTA
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
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.