Maya Watanabe

Artist selected by Blas, Susana at 2010
More artist content updated at 2016

Maya Watanabe
Lima, 1983.
Lives and Works in Madrid.


1. What made you choose art as a profession?
It wasn’t so much a decision I took at a given moment in time as a reaffirmation of several whys and wherefores. In this sense I think it’s an exercise in perseverance.


2. How would you define your work?
I like to see it as a field for carrying out research, posing questions and trying to answer them.


3. What subjects are you interested in?
Identity, fragmentation, disrupting language, self-narration, nonlinear narrative, simultaneity, time, time as a narrative element, time in thought. I’m also really fascinated by the enormous possibilities offered by the medium and exploring them is an interest in itself.


4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
My latest projects use film language, not only in terms of style or making films, but also by using audio clips from conversations in films in different languages. In addition, words as text (screenplay) and images (subtitles) are key for understanding the work. I also see actors – or acting and synchronising the voice – and the environment as elements.


5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
Cause and consequence.


6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
I see ‘art’ and the point of art as very broad, elastic concepts, and any answers I could give would probably be lengthy and contradictory.


7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
Empathy and dialogue.


8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
I studied fine art in Lima and Madrid. The former was a classical education and the latter centred on contemporary art. These focuses gave me a broad vision and, coming from extreme positions, also created educational gaps I could only fill by learning things by myself. I developed my own methodology and learnt things out of curiosity, which drives all my work and has created major creative and research relationships that are still very important to me today.


9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
I combine my work as a designer with my projects as an artist. In 2010 I’ve got a residency that will let me spend all my time working on projects, which is what I’ve been wanting to do for some time.


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?
In my case, economic considerations take the shape of time and production costs and have a major impact. I try to push everything I do to the limit of what’s economically viable and as a result the gaps have become a characteristic part of a style.


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?
Ties, projects and a constructive dialogue. If you manage to get a constructive dialogue going, it can lead to a very enriching relationship for both parties.


Curriculum vitae

Maya Watanabe
Lima, 1983.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and Works in: Madrid.

Formación académica / Education
Summer School; Cine y Arte Contemporáneo, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, Paris.


Licenciatura; Escuela de Bellas Artes y Arquitectura de la Universidad Europea de Madrid.


Facultad de Arte de la Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima.


Talleres con Daniel Canogar, Montserrat Soto, Sergio Prego, Jota Castro, Max Hernández Calvo, Azucena Veites y Angie Bonino.


Exposiciones Individuales / Solo Exhibitions

Paisajes, Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland, Lima.

Archimobile, Centro Cultural de España en Miami, Miami

Maya Watanabe, vídeos 2005-2009, Fundación Telefónica, Lima.

Residencias de artista / Artist-in-Residence programs:

Sacatar, Salvador de Bahía, Brasil.
El Ranchito, Matadero Madrid, España.

Cité Internationale des Arts, París.

Exposiciones Colectivas (selección) / Group Exhibitions (selection)
Artesur: Collective Fictions, Palais de Tokyo, París.
¡Oye, Mira! Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art, Walter and Mc Bean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

Lenguaje/Estructura/Territorio en la colección de arte contemporáneo del MALI, Art Museum of Lima, Lima.
Culturas en tránsito, Panorámica del videoarte contemporáneo peruano. Centro Cultural de España en Chile, Santiago de Chile / Centro Cultural de España en Montevideo, Montevideo.
Y si todos volvieran? Emigrados, remesas simbólicas/movilidades globales, Fundación Telefónica, Lima

See You on the Flip Side, AC Institute, AC Exit Project Space, New York.
What’s on Your Mind, World Bank Washington, Washington DC


La herencia construida, Espacio Líquido, Gijón
Pantallas del Video Arte Peruano (Comisariada por José Carlos Mariátegui), Fundación Telefónica, Lima
V Marmara Triennal, Estambul.


Bienal de Amsterdam, Pabellón de Lima (Comisariada por Eliana Otta), Mediamatic, Amsterdam.
Del Insilio al Exilio – Festival Transitio MX (Comisariada por Arlindo Machado), Espacio Alameda, México DF.
798 Bienal de Beijing, Sección Latinoamericana (Comisariada por Nico&Katiushka), 798 Art District, Beijing.
Extranjerías (Comisariada por Jorge LaFerla), Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires.
Injuve 2009, (Comisariada por Kamen Nedev), Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.


Madrid Abierto 08, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.
Pasaporte para un artista, Centro Cultural PUCP, Lima.


Programas de Vídeo/Film Festivals and Screenings
18º Festival Internacional SESC_VIDEOBRASIL, Panoramas do Sul, SESC Belezinho, São Paulo.
DAF, Musique et Performance, Fonderie Kugler, Genève.
PArC – Perú Arte Contemporáneo, MAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima.

Videoakt, International Videoart Biennial, Instituto Cervantes, Berlin.
Perufest, New peruvian cinema, King Juan Carlos of Spain Center, New York

17º Festival Internacional SESC_VIDEOBRASIL, Panoramas do Sul, SESC Belezinho, São Paulo.
The Art of Storytelling, The Cutting Room, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham.

Inventar la Voz, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Lima.

The Art of Storytelling, The Cutting Room, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham.
Inventar la Voz, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Lima.
FILE, Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica, SESI’s Art Gallery, Centro Cultural FIESP, Sao Paulo.
Videogramas, C.C. Ricardo Palma, Lima
Split screen,
Panorama del videoart peruà, Conferencia de Angie Bonino, Fundació Casa Amèrica Catalunya, Barcelona.
Portafolio de curador, Conferencia de Angie Bonino, Centro Cultural de España, Lima.
Off Loop – Videoarte Peruano, Swallow Gallery, Barcelona.


Audiovisual en Latinoamérica, Conferencia de Arlindo Machado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Madrid.
Up and Coming, International Film Festival Hannover, vídeo en competición, Hannover.
Videoarte Peruano, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMba), Buenos Aires.
Amalgama/Sesión Collage, Festival de videoarte LOOP 09, Barcelona.


Otros Proyectos/Other Projects :
La Maison de l’Amerique Latine, Semana de América Latina y el Caribe, Paris


Comisariado/Curatorial projects:
Número 2, Individual de Fernando Gutiérrez, Galería Lucía de la Puente, Lima.


El Pretexto Co-fundadora, Madrid.


Básico, Co-fundadora + Juan Salas, Lima.



Melting Plot Europe, proyecto colaborativo con Sandra Gugic (AT) y Max Carletti (IT), Teatro Stabile Torino, Torino; y
Kulturelles Stadtlabor Palais Kabelwerk, Viena.

Consequences – Video proyecciones y asistencia de escenografía, Tomás Muñoz, Teatro Principal de Zaragoza.


Luisa Fernanda – video proyecciones – Escenografía de Tomás Muñoz; Teatro Gayarre, Pamplona.


Trouble in Tahiti - Escenografía de Tomás Muñoz; Teatro Gayarre, Pamplona; Teatro Real, Madrid.


Le Muñequé - Asistencia de escenografía - Escenografía de Martín Guerra, Centro Cultural PUCP, Lima.


Premios y Becas/Awards and Grants
Melting Plot Europe, Torino, Viena and Madrid.

Generación 2012, Caja Madrid.
Videoakt, International Videoart Biennial, Feria LOOP, Barcelona. (Primer premio)
FIVA, Festival Internacional de Videoarte Almirante Brown, Buenos Aires.
IV Premio de Cine Ensayo ‘Román Gubern’, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona.

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (Residencia de artista/Artist in residence)
Ayudas a la Movilidad Internacional de Creadores, Matadero Madrid. (Beca/Grant)
FILE, Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica, SESI’s Art Gallery, Centro Cultural FIESP, São Paulo.


Archivo de Creadores de Madrid, Área de las Artes del Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Matadero Madrid. (Selección/Selected)
Injuve 2009, INJUVE, Instituto de la juventud, Ministerio de la Igualdad, Madrid. (Accésit/2nd Prize)


Pasaporte para un artista, Embajada de Francia en Perú, Lima-Paris, (1er Premio/1st Award; Residencia de artista/Artist in residence)


Intervenciones TV - Madrid Abierto 08, Centro Cultural Montehermoso y Fundación Rodríguez, Vitoria-Gasteiz - La Casa Encendida, Madrid.


XIII Jornadas de Estudio de la Imagen de la Comunidad de Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid.


Galarza, Gonzalo, “La palabra en estado puro”, El Comercio, Perú, 14/I/2010.
Mantecón, Marta, “Las nuevas miradas del videoarte español”, Calle20, 20minutos, España, IV/2010.
Otero, Diego, “Las palabras del otro”, El Dominical, El Comercio, Perú, 07/II/2010.
Otero, Diego, “Nuevas Figuras”, Suplemento El dominical, El Comercio, Perú, 07/III/2010.
Nedev, Kamen, "Muestra de Artes Visuales Injuve 2009", Madrid, Instituto de la Juventud, 2009. Cat. Exp.
Diez, Jorge, "Madrid Abierto 2004-2008", Madrid, Asociación Cultural Madrid Abierto, 2008. Cat. Exp.
Herráez, Beatriz, "En primera persona: La Autobiografía", XIII Jornadas de Estudio de la Imagen de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid, 2006. Cat. Exp.
Pozzo di Borgo, Cécile, "Pasaporte para un artista", Lima, Embajada de Francia en Perú, CCPUCP, 2008. Cat. Exp.
Trivelli, Carlo, “Ecos Profundos”, El Dominical, El Comercio, Perú, 2/XI/2008.
Mayayo, Patricia, Blog’06 Partículas Elementales, Madrid, Universidad Europea de Madrid, 2006. Cat. Exp.