Natalia Kempowsky was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia in 1980. Kempowsky studied Fine Arts at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia (2003). Following her undergraduate studies, she earned a Master of Arts in Fine Arts: Sculpture, at the University of the Arts London Chelsea College of Arts and Design (2006). She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Bogotá (CO), Medellín (CO), Córdoba (AR), Siena (IT), London (UK) and New York (USA). She has also participated in arts residencies, the most recent in Berlin (GER) at the Transart Institute (2011).
Natalia Kempowsky nació en Bucaramanga, Colombia en 1980. En el 2003 se graduó como artista de la Universidad de Los Andes en Bogotá Colombia. En el 2006 se graduó de su Maestría en Escultura de la University of the Arts London –Chelsea College of Arts and Design. Ha participado en varias exposiciones individuales y colectivas en Bogotá (CO), Medellín (CO), Córdoba (AR), Siena (IT), Londres (RU) y Nueva York (USA). También ha participado en residencias artísticas, la más reciente en Berlín (ALE), ofrecida por Transart Institute (2011).
Human behaviour awakens the curiosity of psychiatrists, sociologists, philosophers and artists amongst other intellectuals. My art practice explores the way the environment affects human behaviour; the way in which the self can be shaped, re-shaped and manipulated according to the environment and situations humans may be faced with. I started developing this interest by working in the city`s (Bogotá) public space. I used materials and concepts that were related to the place itself, such as architectural elements and light, in order to disrupt peoples activities and change their approach towards the space. This led to an interest in how human behaviour is conducted by external forces such as the environment we live in. I choose specific locations and study peoples actions and activities in relation to everything that surrounds them. I use different observation methods, such as video, photography and drawing in order to analyze the way people respond to what surrounds them and to determine their experience as a conversation with the place. By conversation´, I mean the interaction between the individual and the location, composed by a multiplicity of variables that include such diverse elements as architectural structures, specific or routine activities, the weather, interpersonal relations, objects, time and certain conventional codes, as well as information that lets me understand social phenomena and patterns in social development. Through these explorations I am able to develop a reflexive and critical position about the ideas of autonomy and co-dependency. For the past two years I´ve been interested in exploring the relationship between Psychoanalysis and Art, focusing my attention on the fragmentation of the self, and the impact that the colective conscioussness has on the individual´s uncoscioussness. I have started to shift my art practice towards the idea of cultural similarities by studying the concepts of territory, frontier, distance and memory. I am very interested in the notion of landscape from different perspectives: the psyque, geographical territories and the intersections produced when both are confronted. I do not use the exploration material as artwork. I select the sources that I gather and create a subjective interpretation of my experiences and observations. I am not engaged either to one medium for the materialization of my projects. I develop my artwork through sculptural objects, installation, public intervention, drawing and painting which allows me to solidly articulate the main areas of my research: the environment, human action, structure and agency.…Read More
Natalia Kempowsky has worked at the Whitechapel Gallery and the Barbican Center in London (UK). In the present time she dedicates her time to developing her artwork and works as a Research Associate Professor (Arts Faculty) at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá, Colombia.
Natalia ha trabajado en la Whitechapel Gallery y el Barbican Center, en Londres. Actualmente se dedica a desarrollar su obra y trabaja como investigadora y Maestra Asociada del Programa de Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano en Bogotá, Colombia.…Read More
2006 - Master of Arts. Fine art (MAFA). Chelsea College of Fine Art and Design. London, United Kingdom.
1998 2003 - Master of Arts. Major: Fine Arts. Los Andes University. Bogota, Colombia.
1997 1998 - Architecture. Los Andes University. Bogota, Colombia.
EXHIBITIONS (S-Solo / G-Group)
2011 - Close-Knit Connections. Drawing. Drawing Connections. Siena Art Institute. Siena, Italy. (G)
2010 - How many steps do I have to take to get to the end of the rainbow? Size Matters? Sculpture and Photography. Sintonizar II. Christopher Paschall Gallery. Bogota, Colombia. (G)
2009 - How many steps do I have to take to get to the end of the rainbow? Installation. Artecamara. Camara de Comercio de Bogota sede Kennedy. Bogota, Colombia. (S)
2008 - Size Matters? Sculpture. Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery. Cordoba, Argentina. (S) 2008 - Close Knit Connections. Drawing. Fernando Botero Prize. Colombian Young Artists Foundation. Claustro la Enseñanza. Bogota, Colombia. (G)
2006 - Close-Knit Connections. Drawing. The Work of Others. Whitechapel Gallery. London, United Kingdom. (G)
2006 - Close-Knit Connections. Installation. Theres No Place Like Home. Homestead Gallery. London, United Kingdom. (G)
2006 - Close Knit Connections. Installation. MA in Fine Art Degree Show. Chelsea College of Art and Design. London, United Kingdom. (G)
2006 - Conversations with Spaces. Photography. Real Proper Show. Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design. London, United Kingdom. (G)
2006 - Woman Series. Digital Print. A Series of Possible Progressions. Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design. London, United Kingdom. (G)
2005 - Women Series. Painting. Latin American Fine Art Exhibition. Agora Gallery, Chelsea Art District. New York, United States. (G)
2005 - Women Series. Painting. Projekt30. New York, United States.(G)
2004 - From the Day. Drawing and sculpture. Club Campestre El Rancho. Bogota, Colombia. (S)
2004 - Unattached. Sculpture. National Culture Award: Visual Arts. I Biennial Specialized in Art. I National Exhibition on Sculpture. Antioquia Universitys Museum. Medellin, Colombia. (G)
2004 - Las Aguas Church. Photography. The Observatory. Bogota, Colombia. (G)
2003 - Spatium Activum. Intervention in the city. Bogota,Colombia. (S)
2002 - Displacing Time. Photo-Print. Art-o-Matic. Republican House. Luis Angel Arangos Library. Bogota, Colombia. (G)
2002 - Displacing Time. Performance. Intervention in the north and citys center. Bogota, Colombia. (S)
2001 - The Manipulator. Performance. Intervention in the city. Bogota, Colombia. (S)
2000 - Unattached. Sculpture. SENECA. Los Andes University. Bogota, Colombia. (G),…Read More