Born in 1970 in Bogotá, Colombia, María Linares lives and works in Berlin since 1999. Her main interests are interpersonal relations; in her own art pieces as well as in the projects she herself organizes and curates.
Linares is less concerned with the person who attends an exhibition of their own volition, but rather with those individuals she can take by surprise in the public sphere. Her projects are conceived and performed according to the premise of concrete collaboration with the ordinary citizen and citizens themselves - they work in terms of the shared exchange and active participation of exhibition visitors and passers-by.
As part of the "daily services" artist collective, Linares already pursued the aim of creating situations in which the aesthetic value of everyday experienced is accentuated in order to invite reflection on the causal social and economic nexus of contemporary consumer society.
2011 Sholarship »Madrid Procesos 11«
2011 Project scholarship by the Berlin Senate
2011 Project scholarship by "Dezentrale Kulturarbeit Neukölln"
2011 Project scholarship by "Aktion Karl Marx Straße"
2011 Project scholarship by "Kulrturnetzwerk Neukölln e. V."
2010 First Prize in the "Kunst am Bau" competition for the sports center "Julius Hirsch" in Berlin-Charlottenburg
2003 First prize, V Bienal Internacional de Venecia, Bogota, Colombia (daily services)
1996 – 1999 KAAD scholarship for the studies "art and public spaces" (Kunst und öffentlicher Raum) at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, Germany
1993 Working scholarship for young creation at the Colombian Culture Institute COLCULTURA (today Ministry of culture)
1991 1. Prize at the salon Jorge tadeo Lozano, Bogotá D.C., Colombia.
1991 Honor mentioned at the IX salon for young artists from the Caribbean. Cartagena, Colombia.
1991 Prize for academic excellence Jorge Tadeo Lozano (Prize for the best final student of each term)
1989 – 1993 scholarship for the philosophy studies at the University el Rosario. Bogotá D.C., Colombia.
Recent exhibitions: (Selection)
2011 Creative Time "Living as Form", N.Y.
2011 AluCine, Toronto Latin Film & Mediaarts Festival
2010 Stadt EinBeAusrichten, Weltecho and public spaces, Chemnitz, Germany
2009 Zeigen. An Audio Tour through Berlin by Karin Sander, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin
2009 7 Bienal do Mercosul - Projetáveis, Porto Alegre, Brasil
2009 »urgent urban ambulance | uuuuuuuaaaaah! Zustandsraum Stadt | up date«, Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin.
2008 - 2009 »¡URGENTE! 41 Salón Nacional de Artistas« Cali, Colombia
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