Maga Berr
Born in Lima, Peru
Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Artist Statement

Inspired in the world that surrounds me; I observe human behaviour and psychological response in relation to social, political and historical structures. This includes observing processes such as the search of refuge and protection, rituals of liberation, destruction, the search of identity and metamorphosis. There is a deep interest in understanding history and the creation of a myth. As they have consequences in the use of the space (within a territory); and they may later define our relation to land, human rights and behaviour within that space.

I am aware of the influence interculturality has in my life, as a context rich in symbols and rituals, and in a material culture that aims to express internal and collective worlds. It also gave me the chance to become politically and socially aware of my position in the world. I observe multicultural influences on situations of everyday life. Questions that arise are: How are diverse co-existing world cultures understanding issues like the organisation of space, social inclusion, justice, democracy and identity forming. My working methods are also influenced by years of study and field work in the social sciences.

My work aims to provide a visual reflection about the complexity of the collective and individual human experience. Using almost anthropological and archeological working methods; I follow material human traces, visible in waste, in the use of space, in architecture, and objects.

My art work reacts with physical and metaphorical gestures to my observations; through sculptures, installations, collage, drawings and video work. Artistic strategies in all of these mediums are inspired in acts of abstracting, mixing, contrasting, and borrowing; from objects, cultures and techniques for the creation of meaning.

Working with contrast, both in the construction of atmosphere, in the use of colour, size, texture and in the election of materials for my work is a constant factor. Work aesthetics and some processes are influenced by Peruvian Indigenous Art, Baroque, and Arte Povera.

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Educational Background

2012-2017
Bachelor Fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Thesis keywords: Power Dynamics of Oppression, the Artist as a Shaman, Homeopathic Healing in Art.

2005
Postdoctoral Education in International Development Studies, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Thesis on Politics of International Cooperation for Development.

2002-2004
Master in International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Thesis on the dynamics of Racism, Multiculturalism, De-colonialism, Environmental protection and Empowerment in Education System in the Amazon rainforest in Peru 2004: 5 months field research in the Amazon rainforest of Peru, for MA thesis on intercultural education.

1996-2000
Bachelor in Communication Sciences, specialisation in Film and Television, University of Lima, Peru.

Work Experience

2005-2011
Worked as a coordinator in diverse international social and environmental projects (in South East Asia, Europe, and Latin America), at organizations such as Oxfam-Novib, Amnesty International and Both ENDS. Research on environmental and social inequality in diverse regions of the world gathered experience in a bottom-up approach for participatory project development, facilitation processes, intercultural communication, and project management.

1999-2002
Worked in the broadcasting business in Peru in diverse positions as set journalistic researcher, designer, scriptwriter, photographer, and producer. Gathered relevant information about the socio-political situation in my own country, Peru, by developing journalistic research.

Side Activities

2017-2018
Coaching program for recently graduated artists, Academy-Rotterdam.

January 2018
Training for Trainers from The One Minutes initiative, Amsterdam.

2018
Screening of “expectations’’ at SWITCH, Roodkapje Rotterdam.

2017-2018
An organization of collective “The Bridge”, where artists and refugees were working together to bring their reflections about migration to the outside world.

2016-2017
Participation in the working group of the “Flag of Compassion” project by Rini Hurkmans.

2007
One week course on International Financial Institutions by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, in Washington DC. Study of the Structure and Operations of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Exhibitions

  • Residency exhibition, CBK Amsterdam Southeast, 2019 (upcoming).
  • Residency exhibition, Despina, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2019 (upcoming).
  • Residency exhibition, CBK Amsterdam Southeast, 2018 (upcoming).
  • “On my way to the Galactic Supermarket, need anything?”, Garage Rotterdam, 2018.
  • “New Found Land”, RADION, Amsterdam, 2018.
  • “Jetzt Schlägt's Driezehn”, V & B showroom, Rotterdam, 2018.
  • “Bougie 2017”, CBK Amsterdam, 2017.
  • “Summer of Love”, Vishal, Haarlem, 2017.
  • Graduation Show, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, 2017.
  • “Notes”, Peer Paper Platform, Amsterdam, 2017.
  • "Syzygy", Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, 2016.
  • "Excellence. Simply delivered. (1/3)", as part of the Uncut Festival, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, 2016 "For example, etc.", A Lab, Amsterdam, 2016.
  • 'Wonder and Wander', De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, 2015.
  • Part Two, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, 2015.
  • Dogtime 2, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, 2014.
  • “BIT(e)S”, Sixty One Gallery, Amsterdam, 2014.
  • Dogtime 1, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, 2013.
  • Open day at Artless, 2012.

Residencies

August-October 2019
Residency H-Lab at CBK Amsterdam SouthEast, The Netherlands (upcoming)

May-July 2019
Residency Despina, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (upcoming)

January 2019
Orientation trip to Pre- Colombian ceramic historical places in Peru - Sechura desert (upcoming)

November 2018
Residency H-Lab at CBK Amsterdam SouthEast, The Netherlands

August 2018
Residency H-Lab at CBK Amsterdam SouthEast, The Netherlands

May 2018
Orientation trip to Pre-Colombian ceramic historical places in Peru - Sechura desert

Contact

Maga Berr
magaberr0000@gmail.com
00310618246012
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