Catalina Swinburn

March 23 to March 30

Catalina Swinburn Symbolic Destruction through Commemorative Constructions

February 2 to February 9

Catalina Swinburn Veiled Silence

October 27 to November 3

Catalina Swinburn (Santiago, 1979) has been working with the geopolitical concept of displacement. Her practice of weaving vintage documents paper sheets as support became a manifest of political disagreement by using documents of displaced patrimonial treasures, or musical scores of operas with exile thematics, or geopolitical maps. Her weaving exercise is trespassing by a diasporic feeling with a poetic and subtle aesthetic.
She persues to rescue ancestrals rituals related to sacred places, ancestral geography and original memory.

September 1 to September 8


July 28 to August 4

Just like the crevice, albeit even, serene and tense at the same time, the horizon reminds us of the point of view: here or there.

July 14 to July 21

“By tearing the binding of a book, its damaged spine is exposed, with its pieces of paper and
the visible threads. In this regard, it underscores a cultural catastrophe, for the destruction of
a book is comparable to the demolition of a building”.
Justo Pastor Mellado, Rituals of Identity – Narratives of Displacement.
Catalina Swinburn , work on paper, 27 x 41 cm

June 30 to July 7

Di misera regina non termina mai dolenti affani! 

Performative photo with woven investiture with scores of Il Ritorno di Ulisse in patria, 1640 by Claudio Monteverdi. Image taken during confinment – 2020.

June 23 to June 30

A column or pillar in architecture is a structural element that transmits, through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below. In other words, a column is a compression member. Columns may be designed to resist lateral forces. I am currently working on this weaving piece done with thousands of paper pieces cutted from archaeological documents, columns and pillars of archaic temples. Work in progress ….


June 16 to June 23


The point of no return

June 2 to June 9


Weaving to redefine roles within a limited—and limiting—social environment. Weaving as a symbol of a woman’s domestic role to wield power that has repercussions far beyond the domestic sphere, women as authors of their own destinies, resisting social pressures, challenging and defying the expectations of those who would exert control over them.

May 26 to June 2

ISOLATION – performative photo, printed photo of a broken city, and a woman

May 12 to May 19

Fissures as Metaphors of Resistance; Performative Photo, Woven paper ritual Cape 240×450 cm, from documentación of displaced archeaological pieces of Summer, Persian and Assur civilizations. 

Donning a cloak alludes to both female and male attributes; it is an imposing costume, a ritual piece that acts as a gendered identity on the frontier. The cloak is also a talisman against evil, which keeps one safe and secure throughout transitions.

May 5 to May 12

“el arte es la consolación”

Performative photo – artist and printed manifestation dress –  drone image 2020 

28th April to 5t May

(The Perfect Boundary Series: Studio image : The artist wearing one of her woven paper capes – done with the complete Times Survey Atlas of the world 1922, a metaphor of resistance)

« Imagine a fragile light heavy armour and  ported over your sholders  as a metaphor of resistance. Keep layering yourself with new shades of knowledge, available in the daily life you are able to have today. »

April 21 to April 28

“La música no esta en las notas, sino en el silencio entre ellas”

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.”  

 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Catalina Swinburn is an Argentinian artist born in Chile in 1979. She lives and works between Buenos Aires and London.

“Swinburn’s practice investigates through a variety of media such as video, installation, sculptures and photography and the use of materials such as paper and marble. Many of Swinburn’s process starts with performance whether utilising her own body in the work or the act of performance it the artwork’s production. This embodiment and interconnection through time, place and space allowed the artist to express the human experience.” – Maisa Al Qassimi