Ensayos... y errores

I am a transdisciplinary curator, storyteller, and private investigator. My writing, research, and performances traverse the fields of environmental humanities, decolonial nature conservation, contemporary art, and performativity. I strive to support the livelihoods of the local communities, water, and lands where I roam, learn, and play. Collaboration as a radical position is central to all that I do. Current projects include co-writing a book on cancer ecologies, advancing peatland protection through the staging of a global accord, and practicing Delicious Movement.

In 2010, I founded Ensayos in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society of Chile. Ensayos is a collective research practice that brings together artists, scientists, and activists to conceptualize long-term, process-based projects focused on eco-cultural conservation work in Tierra del Fuego and other archipelagos. To date, Ensayos has given birth to a scent, a periodical, experimental performance, a podcast, a web series, and coming soon, a feature ethnofiction length film. I define my practice (which is entangled within Ensayos) as nomadic artistic research. I am not bound to a medium or discipline, but driven by eco-concerns that steer my methodologies and lead to unexpected results as I aim to contribute to the creation of biodiverse communities.

Since 2011, I have been experimenting with performance, creating solo and collaborative pieces dealing mostly with human and non-human health. What's He Building in There?, directed by Manuela Infante was developed during a residency at The Watermill Center in New York, followed by So.La, a dance piece that premiered at nadalokal in Vienna, then traveled to Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne, Australia, CAGE in New York City, and finally, the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA) in Santiago, Chile. Making Time: A Meth(odology) Lab, in collaboration with Amhara Raheem, was born out of an invitation by the Swedish artistic duo Golden+Senneby to be part of their Bootleg Retrospective at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. Most recently, Transit in the House of Cancer with Ariel Bustamante, was commissioned by Catalina Insignares for El Caldo at Theaterhaus Gessnerallee in Zürich.

I hold a PhD in Curatorial Practice from Monash University, Australia (2019), a Master of Experiments in Arts and Politics from Science Po (2012), and an MA in Modern Art: Critical Studies from Columbia University (2004). I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Royal Art Institute in Stockholm as part of The Seedbox: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory (2021). As Guest Curator of the Extended Research Project at the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), I conceived of the Aconcagua Summit (2020).

My writing has been published in Third Text, Australian Feminist Studies, Discipline, The River Rail, Art+ Australia, and Kerb Journal, among others. I am co-author of Slow Down Fast, A Toda Raja with Cecilia Vicuña (Errant Bodies Press, 2019) and the forthcoming Cancer Ecologies: A Queer Femme Proposition (Bloomsbury 2025).

Camila Marambio

Recent

Ahogarse en un vaso de agua

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Drowning in a glass of water brings together a series of hydropoetic exercises to compose and decompose the knowledge of water with Vera Dvale, Joel "Yoyo" Rodriguez, Michy Marxuach, and Ariel Bustamante.

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My Body is a Bog: an Olfactory Lecture by Camila Marambio

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 6:30 pm, Dia Chelsea

The lecture is accompanied by a scent invocation and textual contribution by artist agustine zegers, inviting peatlands from various corners of the world into the space.

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La Furia del Manto, reclaman las aguas

2024 edition of Materia Abierta

Curated by Camila Marambio and takes place in Mexico City July 29 through August 24. The program is developed with the support of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in coordination with Cultura UNAM, through Casa del Lago UNAM, Cátedra Extraordinaria Max Aub, and Museo Tamayo.

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Ways of Being and Making (Online Session)

Chair: Susan Reid (University of Sydney), Camila Marambio (curator and writer), Taloi Havini (artist and curator)

As part of the Conference – Resist, Persist: Gender, Climate and Colonialism RE/SISTERS Public Programme.

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Turba Tol Hol-Hol the book

By the editors Carla Macchiavello Cornejo and Camila Marambio (CM2)

Turba Tol Hol-Hol-the book is a compendium of the extensive eco-cultural thought of Latin American and Caribbean authors who center their attention on struggles, ways of doing, and experiences of care from the South.

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All roads lead to peatland conservation

Casa Ramón Power & Giralt, San Juan

The Residencia Para la Naturaleza program seeks to promote transformative experiences that combine science, art and nature by supporting artists in their research and creative processes.

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Contact: lacamitrabaja@gmail.com