MARIANA SILVA VARELA

TEXTILE ARTIST & WEAVER


"The art of Mariana Silva Varela takes place beyond traditional borders between fiction and reality. While her own heritage from Chile and experience as refugee coming to Sweden is strongly present, Marianas works are often reminiscent of utopian and parallel worlds. At the same time, they are connected to deeply human experiences" 

Text: Svante Tirén

LATEST WORK

La Partida


What happens when people are not allowed to leave this world on their own terms? How is it to cope with loss when loss – in the shape lost identity, lost home, lost language – is already inscribed in your own fate?in this case death and those who are not given the chance to a proper goodbye because of the state of the world. What happens when people are not allowed to leave this world on their own terms? How is it to cope with loss when loss – in the shape lost identity, lost home, lost language – is already inscribed in your own fate?

Ponchos have been used by the Native American peoples of the Andes since pre-Hispanic time. As a garment, it has developed and survived many of the deepest traumas and crimes of colonization and continue to take on new shapes and tell stories, from everyday life situations to ceremonies and art. In its extraordinary multifunctionality, the poncho summarizes almost every part of life. It can be a protection, status symbol, practical garment, memorial object, identity marker and much else, even a funeral pall. In all its manifold uses, the shape of the poncho therefore provides unique possibilities to conversation on different experiences of death and life. This exhibition explores what happens when the poncho is elevated to a creative language of its own; liberated from conventional expectations and norms and free to tell its own stories across cultural borders and identities. 

Text: Svante Helmbaek Tirén

EXHIBITIONS

EXHIBITIONS


2020

Rikstolvan / Simrishamn J1 uni- 31 Augusti
HV Galleri /Stockholm 2 September -10 oktober

Craftweek Stockholm 1-4 oktober
september 2019 1/ 10-2/2-2020 Södertälje konsthall/internationella motstånd museet 1978-2020 3/10-3/11-2019

2019

Södertälje konsthall/internationella motstånd museet 1978-2020 3/10-3/11-2019

Hangmen Projects / Handmade tales 6/12-

Konsta(u)ktion för Chile / Hangmen Projects

2018

7 februari-18 mars ARK DES/ Stockholm 24mars -13 maj Form/ Design Center; Malmö 17 maj-30 augusti HV galleriet 26 maj-26 augusti/ RIAN design museet/ Falkenberg 2 juli-13 Nytomta / Arvika oktober TBA/ Tokyo 30 oktober Länsmuseet/NAV Sweden 2017

April- maj Hv Gallerie/ Stockholm juli – augusti/Rånässalongen/Norrtälje september Väv mässan/Växjö 2016februari Green Room/Stockholm möbelmässa Maj HV Galleriet juni-september Kulturhuset/Stockholm 7 mode i sju akter juli-augusti Rånässalongen/Lek i Parken/Norrtälje oktober Galleri HV/ Stockholm


STIPENDIUM
2020
Artbets stipendium 2020 Konstnärsnämnden


2018

Eva och Oscar Ahréns Stiftelse Hemslöjden/ Bo Hammarskiölds Stipendium Ny Tomta /
Maria Lindgren Sömmerskehem Stipendiet


2017

Maria Lindgren Sömmerskehem Stipendiet Unman Stipendiet Estrid Ericson StipendietPågående arbete. Konstnärlig gestaltning -Snesen Förskola. Uppdragsgivare Stockholmskonst. 2015: Drömtorget, Kärrtorp torg-

uppdragsgivare – Stockholmsstad.


MISSION

1/10 2019- 14/10 2020- Silk Weaver/ Vävare på vid Almgrens siden väveri

ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES (SELECTED)

2012- 2017

Founder, coordinator and artistic director at LOKALRÄTTEN, Hökarängen. 

HV GALLERY

STOCKHOLM

9/9-10/10- 2020

Solo exhibition, La Partida

RIKSTOLVAN

SIMRISHAMN

4 July- 19 September -2020

Group exhibition, AMBIGUITET

Mariana Silva Varela

Kuchinate

Britta Marakatt-Labba  

Ai Weiwei  

Keren Gueller





SÖDERTÄLJE KONSTHALL

2 Oct 2019- 2 feb- 2020

International Resistance Museum 1978-2020 Group exhibition