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HELGA ELSNER TORRES
(Peru, 1989)

 

Visual artist. She lives and works between Peru and Berlin.

 

Since 2009, continuous artistic practice: exhibitions, art projects in Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Austria, Peru and USA.

She graduated in Painting and Visual Arts (BA) at the Universidad Católica del Perú and at the Institute for Art in Context (MA) at the Berlin University of the Arts. Helga develops social art projects in Lima and the Amazon rainforest, as well as in Germany in connection with associations, projects, schools, museums and with other artists.

 

EDUCATION

 

2016- 2020

Universität der Künste Berlin

Master "Kunst im Kontext"

2016

Universität Bielefeld

Master "Interamerikanische Studien"

 

2015

Guest auditor at Universität der Künste Berlin

Master "Kunst im Kontext"

 

2014
Berlin Career College Universität der Künste, Berlin

 

2008-2013
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS WITH MAJOR IN PAINTING
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima

 

GRANTS

2022

Scholarship holder of the Visual Arts Research Grant of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe

Funding from the Department of Art and Culture of the Pankow District Office

 

2021

"Förderung zeitgeschichtlicher und erinnerungskultureller Projekte" von der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa (Senate Department for Culture and Europe)

2019

DAAD scholarship from the German Federal Foreign Office.

"Grant for successful completion of studies" studierenWERK BERLIN.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024

"Identities in Transit"

Projektraum Bardo, Berlin

2022

"Germanness abroad: German-South Americans in Berlin: coming to terms with a colonial family past". State libraries of Pankow, Berlin.

2021 

“Wo kommst du (wirklich) her?”/ "Where do you (really) come from?". Curated by Helena Herzberg (PSM Gallery). KulturmarktHalle e.V. Berlin, Germany

2017

“Mein Weg bis hierher”. Universität der Künste Berlin

2014

“En las Nubes” Arábica Galery. Lima, Peru

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2024

LABO*R AN INVITATION TO ACTION… A BASIS FOR HOPE. Savvy Contemporary, Berlin

Festival 48-Stunden-Neukölln. Studio KM35, Berlin

2019

"Arte de Mujer. El Despertar del Cuerpo". Embassy of Peru, Berlin.

2017

"Land(e)scape" in HBK Galerie, Saarbrücken

 

2016

Performance “El Puma Negro”, Krumme Lanke, Berlin.

Performance “Cuninico”. Petroperú. Lima, Peru.

“Peruvian Painting Salon”. Latino Art Museum, California, USA

Festival 48-Stunden-Neukölln (with Survival International NGO). Berlin

“Peruvian Contemporary Painting” Agua Fuerte Galerie. Mexico DF.

“The Wrong” Digital Art Biennale. Lima.

“Female Painters”. Cultural Center of “San Marcos” University. Lima, Perú.

“Visionen mit Luft und Licht”. Collaboration with a Videofilm in Tomás Saracenos  Exhibition. 21er Haus Museum, Vienna, Austria.

 

2014

Aerosolar Museum. Collaboration

“DEVELOPMENT & CLIMATE DAYS” United Nations Climate Change Conference. 20th Session. Lima.

Exhibition “Art”

Lima Cricket & Football Club. Lima, Peru.

2013- 2008

Exhibition of the Faculty of Arts. Catholic University. Lima, Perú

2012

“Universo Denso” Exhibition. Lima, Peru.

2011

“GRABADO: ESPACIOS LIBERADOS”

ICPNA Galerie (Peruvian-Northamerican Culture Institut), Lima

“GRAVURA: ESPAÇOS LIBERADOS” Museum Olho. Latino. Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

LECTURES/ PRESENTATIONS

2019

“Critical research on the collectors of the Peruvian collection in Humboldt Forum” during transmediale. Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

“Kultureller Austausch und Heimat – Was Künste zu Identitäten beitragen.“ Berliner Akademie e.V.

“Mein Weg bis hierher“. Bettina-von-Arnim Bibliothek.

“Mein Weg bis hierher“. Stadtteilbibliothek Buch.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2022

"Germanness abroad: German-South Americans in Berlin: coming to terms with a colonial family past"

PDF

2021

Wo kommst du (wirklich) her?/ Where do you (really) come from?"

Project catalog

PDF

VÖBB (Signatur B 215)

2018

“Mein Weg bis hierher”, Editorial Universität der Künste Berlin. ISBN 978-9-89462-301-2.

VÖBB (Signatur 4.3/Soz 610)

UdK Publishing House

Kiepert Bookstore

 

FILMS (direction)

2019+

Tace, ora et labora (Short Film). Starring Michael Baderschneider, Patrick Güldenberg, Julian Trostorf, Anna Heidegger and Malte Yamamoto.

 

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EDUCATION

 

2017-2020

University of Art in Berlin

Master "Art in Context"

2016

Bielefeld University

Master "Inter-American Studies"

 

2015

Guest auditor at Berlin University of the Arts

Master "Art in Context"

 

2014
Berlin Career College University of the Arts, Berlin

 

2008-2013
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS WITH MAJOR IN PAINTING
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, Lima

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022

“Germanness abroad – German South Americans in Berlin: Coming to terms with a colonial family past”

2021 

“Where are you (really) from?” KulturmarktHalle e.V. Berlin, Germany

2017

“My way to here”. University of Art in Berlin

2014

“En las Nubes” Arabica Gallery. Lima, Peru

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2019

"Arte de Mujer. El Despertar del Cuerpo". Embassy of Peru, Berlin.

2017

"Land(e)scape" in HBK Gallery, Saarbrücken

 

2016

Performance “El Puma Negro”, Krumme Lanke, Berlin.

Performance “Cuninico”. Petroperu. Lima, Peru.

“Peruvian Painting Salon”. Latino Art Museum, California, USA

Festival 48 Hours Neukölln (with Survival International NGO). Berlin

“Peruvian Contemporary Painting” Agua Fuerte Gallery. Mexico DF.

“The Wrong” Digital Art Biennale. Lima.

“Female Painters”. Cultural Center of “San Marcos” University. Lima, Peru.

“Visions with air and light”. Collaboration with a video film in Tomás Saracenos  Exhibition. 21er Haus Museum, Vienna, Austria.

 

2014

Aerosolar Museum. Collaboration

“DEVELOPMENT & CLIMATE DAYS” United Nations Climate Change Conference. 20th session. Lima.

Exhibition “Art”

Lima Cricket & Football Club. Lima, Peru.

2013-2008

Exhibition of the Faculty of Arts. Catholic University. Lima, Peru

2012

“Universo Denso” Exhibition. Lima, Peru.

2011

“GRABADO: ESPACIOS LIBERADOS”

ICPNA Gallery (Peruvian-Northamerican Culture Institute), Lima

“GRAVURA: ESPAÇOS LIBERADOS” Museum Olho. Latino. Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

2019

“Critical research on the collectors of the Peruvian collection in Humboldt Forum” during transmediale. House of World Cultures.

“Cultural exchange and homeland – what arts contribute to identities.” Berliner Akademie e.V.

“My path to here”. Bettina von Arnim Library.

“My path to here”. District library book.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2022

“Germanness abroad – German South Americans in Berlin: Coming to terms with a colonial family past”

manual

2021

Where are you (really) from? Exhibition catalogue

In PDF

Can be borrowed from VÖBB (call number B 215 Elsn)

2018

“My path to this point”, Editorial University of the Arts Berlin. ISBN 978-9-89462-301-2.

 

FILMS (director)

2019-2020

Tace, ora et labora. Starring Michael Baderschneider, Patrick Güldenberg, Julian Trostorf, Anna Heidegger and Malte Yamamoto.

 

GRANTS/ SCHOLARSHIPS

2022

Scholarship holder of the visual arts research scholarship of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe

Funding from the Art and Culture Department of the Pankow District Office

2021

“Promotion of contemporary history and commemorative cultural projects” from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe (Senate Department for Culture and Europe)

2019

DAAD scholarship from the German Federal Foreign Office.

"Grant for successful completion of studies" to studyWERK BERLIN.

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