Catalina Schliebener (born in Santiago, Chile, in 1980)

Schliebener received her Bachelor of Philosophy of Universidad de Arte y Ciencias Sociales ARCIS, in Santiago. Following that she studied visual arts at the same university. From 2002-2008, she worked as an assistant professor of philosophy and art theory at several universities in Chile.

Her work has been exhibited individually and collectively in galleries, museums, and art fairs in Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Lima, Belfast, London, Miami, Ontario and New York. She received grants and fellowships from the Development of Culture and the Arts Fund of the Government of Chile (Fondart), the Board of Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Chile (Dirac), as well as the Henry Moore Foundation in the United Kingdom. In 2017, she was selected to participate in the Queer Artist Fellowship program at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and in 2018 in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Schliebener lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

She is represented in Argentina by Hache Galería.


I work primarily with collage, drawings, murals, and installations. The subject matter of my work focuses on everyday images and objects related to childhood. Children’s books, pedagogical objects, costumes, and games are frequent sources of material in my work.

Research is a fundamental part of my practice, as is sourcing material on the street, in secondhand stores, and in lost-and-found bins. The starting point for me is always a found object or image that triggers a series of formal and conceptual connections. The time I spend looking for materials slows and shifts the act of acquisition, forcing constant adaptation, while also introducing accident and surprise into the process, and opening up exchanges with alternative economies. I cut up, reposition, extract details, and erase features of my source materials in order to build collages and installations.

The choice of collage as my primary medium is related to the fact that it is often considered a minor medium within the visual arts. I like its close connection to do-it-yourself crafts and the activities of hobbyists. This practice allows me to make small modifications and alterations in the meaning and use of the objects and images I choose.

I am particularly interested in childhood because in this period the limits between reality and fiction are not yet defined. I intentionally work with material that carries implicit narratives around gender, sexuality, and class. Children’s stories and games are embedded with morals that indirectly teach social and behavioral norms. I seek to draw attention to these norms in order to render them uncanny. My intention with this strategy is to pause or interrupt the narrative, to introduce ambiguity in the face of supposed certainty.

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