Claudia Bitran | Santiago, Chile
Claudia was born in Boston and was raised in Chile. In 2009 She graduated from the BFA program at the P. Universidad Catolica de Chile. She exhibited her painting work in group shows in Santiago at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Quinta Normal, at the Museum of Visual Arts, at Matucana 100 Art space, among others, then she became a Britney Spears impersonator for the a Chilean talent TV show “Mi Nombre Es”; this experience became fundamental for her studio practice. In 2013 she graduated from the MFA painting program at Rhode Island School of Design. In 2014 she was a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting Sculpture and at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
Claudia works through video, painting, performance, installation, animation and sound, and is currently remaking Titanic by James Cameron. She has exhibited internationally and had her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Visual Arts in Santiago, Chile in January 2016. Between 2016 and 2017 she is an Artist in Residence at Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, New Mexico. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
“In a “Do It Yourself” effort to emulate, remake and rewrite the hyperbolic world of pop production, I assume multiple roles (painter, director, actress, editor). In my practice, the obsessive nature of the act of remaking is always accompanied by the examination of the component parts that are used to construct products of mass consumption. While that’s happening, I fantasize in the role of the fan and project myself (and the people around me) into these spectacles, frantically imagining how to reconstruct and introduce my subjectivity (and humanity) into juxtaposition to the highly calculated systems of mass consumption. One of the most exhilarating parts of the process of remaking happens immediately after deconstructing the model, when I am able to look at its disarticulated and isolated parts. This process happens through painting when I work with mass consumption photography, and through video, when I use pop culture moving images as my reference.“