Cristián Silva-Avária

(this page was last updated in July 2016)

Santiago, Chile, 1975.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PIPA 2014 nominee.

Cristián Silva-Avária has lived in Rio de Janeiro since 2011. He has an MFA from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a BA from the University of Chile. He is an associate professor at the Diego Portales University in Santiago, Chile.

One of the main characteristics of Silva-Avaria’s work is his interest in urban intersections that define time, space, and place in different cities. The artist explores the unintended consequences of urban production on contemporaneity. Silva-Avária presents these traces and marks of social-urban friction in a critical dialogue with the exhibition context by predominantly using photography and video in different formats and materials, including: video-installations of two or three channels, back-lighting, diasec, c-prints, and stop-motion-animation. Certain of these aspects are accentuated and linked to the physical body of each type of image and its relationship to the spectators.

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