Maite Camacho

Artist selected by Hontoria, Javier at 2010

I use simple elements in my work: space, body-presence, time and objects – tools close to the action that I take to other areas that might be more natural to me. Invading the stage comes from the need to talk in the first person about these subjects and to look for a direct meeting with spectators, rather than seeing myself in the work. There’s a recognised theatricality in working in front of a camera and then presenting it within a reduced format. This process lets me isolate very specific concepts which, within a context, still retain their meaning for spectators.


1.What made you choose art as a profession?
I’ve always been fascinated by creative expression and I followed two parallel paths: graphic design and fine art. These two professions leave my path open to develop my career as fully as possible.

2. How would you define your work?
It’s evolving work that usually looks at what I’ve done before, picking up old ideas, subjects, elements and looking for different focuses.

3. What subjects are you interested in?
Looking at my recent work, there are some recurring subjects related to my personal situation, limits and searching for a place.

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
My resources vary depending on the work in question. I work mainly with photographs, drawings, video, sound and installations.

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
Everything that gives shape to my work comes from reality or from what I like extracting from reality. I use everyday elements and work intuitively with them. This work process reveals things just as I feel them at a given moment.

Every single day is raw material for me.

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
I don’t think art has to have a point. In fact, art should be something accepted and integrated in all our lives. Leaving this point to one side, art has lots of functions; the most important for me could be keeping alive a feeling of uncertainty and the desire to discover and change things.

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I hope my work provokes something, and if it does I hope the public takes the time to enjoy it.

I’m aiming at anyone on the other side of the work.

8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
I’ve got an academic background, although in many ways I consider myself self-taught and still learning.

What I value most is having had this time to get to know teachers and, above all, other artists and fellow students.

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
My current situation is very free – I’m not tied to any galleries and don't have to give my work a commercial focus. Looking at it realistically, so far I haven’t really seen it as professional work, as it doesn’t give me the necessary independence.

In the future, I hope to combine art work with professional work.

10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work?Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
Economic considerations affect all aspects: the time I can’t spend on my work, the budget I’ve got for producing pieces and the difficulties in finding an outlet for them.

It does have a bearing on my work, although at the moment I try to accept these issues as just additional factors in my life and work on a formal and conceptual level. This helps me carry on with what I’m doing and deal with these limits constructively.

11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
I hope they’re people living the same moment as me and are committed to it.

I’ve had a wide range of positive experiences so far; there are people out there keen to make things more accessible.

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
Madrid isn’t a very focused city; it lacks a clear direction and it’s hard for ideas to take shape. In addition, it’s polluted with subjects that have nothing to do with art.

On the positive side, there’s a lot still to be done and things are being moved to get there.

On the negative side, you need a lot of energy to set off down this path or you run the risk of sinking.


Curriculum vitae

Maite Camacho
Madrid, 1978.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Madrid.

Formación Académica/Education
Licenciatura en Bellas Artes, Universidad del País Vasco.


Titulación en Gráfica Publicitaria, Escuela de Artes nº 10, Madrid.

Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
Buscando la postura, Espacio Contemporáneo Archivo de Toledo, ECAT, Toledo; Espacio Menosuno, Madrid.
Levantarse-sentarse-caer, Espacio f, Madrid.
Restlessness, Etalage, Breda.


Proyecto: habitar, Sala de Exposiciones del Centro de Arte Joven, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid.


Habitando (disculpen las molestias), Centro Cultural Carmen Conde, Madrid.

Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
Makiko Lab, Espacio Tangente, Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Burgos, CAB, Burgos.
Espacio Abisal, Bilbao.
Desgarro, IN-SONORA - Nits d´Aielo i art en l´exil-li, Valencia.
Intentos de sentarse en un silla rota, IN-SONORA - Interference 09, Electron, Breda.


Mi contorno sonoro, Festival de Coutures, Strasbourg.
Levantarse-sentarse-caer, Tentaciones Estampa 08, Madrid.
Makiko Lab, Centro Cultural Egía, San Sebastián.
De tripas corazón, Centro Cultural de España en Lima.
Do not disturb, Espacio Menosuno, Madrid.
Deshabitados, Circuitos de Artes Plásticas y Fotografía de la Comunidad de Madrid, Sala de Exposiciones del Centro Arte Joven, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid; Centro Cultural de la Mercé, Girona; Capilla del Oidor, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid; Universidad de Bellas Artes de Pontevedra.


Proyecto: habitar, en Canal Abierto. Registros Imposibles, Sala de Exposiciones Canal de Isabel II, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid.

Levantarse-sentarse-caer, Tentaciones Estampa 08, Madrid.


Accionista en Otxote, Festival de Escena Contemporánea, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.

Programas de Vídeo/Film Festivals and Screenings
Buscando la Postura, DVD PROJECT, vídeo monocanal, proyecto internacional de videoarte, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, MACO, Oaxaca; Espacio Tangente, Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Burgos, CAB, Burgos; Le Syndicat Potentiel, Strasbourg; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Chateau Carreras, Córdoba, Argentina.


Electron, Breda; Maus Habitos, Porto; Gran Canaria Espacio Digital, Las Palmas de Gran Canarias; Fabrica de Braço de Prata, Lisboa; Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México D.F.; Fundación Telefónica Lima; Festival de Coutures, Strasbourg.


Optica Festival 07, Gijón; Scarpia VI, Córdoba; Espacio Menosuno, Madrid; Loop 07, Barcelona.

Proyectos curatoriales/Curatorial Projects
2009 - 2005
Dirección junto a Mario Gutiérrez de Espacio Menosuno, asociación cultural y espacio de creación contemporánea, Madrid. Así como otros proyectos relacionados como
Dirección junto a Mario Gutiérrez de IN-SONORA Muestra de arte sonoro e interactivo desarrollada en diferentes espacios de Madrid y en colaboración con otros festivales y espacios nacionales e internacionales.


Comisariado y coordinación junto a Mario Gutiérrez de CBA.NET proyecto de del Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid.


Comisariado junto a Mario Gutiérrez selección española del proyecto de videoarte internacional DVD PROJECT y coordinación internacional junto IDFX, Breda.

Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants
IN-SONORA, Ayudas a la creación contemporánea Matadero Madrid.


Espacio Menosuno, Ayudas a la creación contemporánea Matadero Madrid.


Levantarse-sentarse-caer, Tentaciones Estampa 08. (Selección) Intentos de sentarse en una silla rota, Premio 2008 Culturas, Ministerio de Cultura. (2do Premio Fotografía)
Intentos de sentarse en una silla rota, Premio El Cultural 08. (Finalista)


Buscando la Postura, Espacio Contemporáneo Archivo de Toledo, ECAT, Toledo. (Beca Producción y Exposición)


Deshabitados I y II, Circuitos 06 de Artes Plásticas y Fotografía de la Comunidad de Madrid. (Producción y Exposición)

Estampa 08, Madrid, Turner, 2008, Cat. Exp.
"2008 Culturas", Madrid, Sociedad Estatal de Acción Cultural Exterior, SEACEX, 2008, Cat. Exp.
"Una noche para una obra", Madrid, Ayuntamiento de Madrid, 2008, Cat. Exp.
Del Corral, Lorena, "Circuitos 07", Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, 2007, Cat. Exp.
Hontoria, Javier, "El frágil equilibrio de Maite Camacho", El Cultural, El Mundo, Madrid, 27/IX/2007.
"Registros Imposibles: El mal de archivo", Madrid, Sala de Exposiciones del Canal de Isabel II, Comunidad de Madrid, 2006, Cat. Exp.
Vozmediano, Elena, "Maite Camacho. Cartografía de una pérdida", Proyecto: habitar, Sala de Exposiciones del Centro de Arte Joven, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid, X/2005.
Del Olmo, Carolina, "Maite Camacho. La fragilidad de habitar", Ladinamo, Madrid, XI-XII/2005.