Catalina Renjifo is a visual artist and practice based researcher interested in artistic epistemologies and intercultural pedagogies. Her work deconstructs meaning making and communication, investigating mechanisms of knowledge transfer and understanding through the materials and actions she performs.
By materialising the enquiry, giving form to learning and questioning and sharing the cognitive process of making, the aim is to shift perceptions of knowing and reveal the underlying injustice of knowledge power structures. Catalina’s interests are shaped by the multiple cultural identities she inhabits, from the colonial and post-colonial obliterations and miscegenation of Latin American culture, the realities and escapism of the art, music and politics of the violent times she grew up in, the constant renegotiation between otherness and belonging.
Describing her practice as digestive in method, research based in methodology and pedagogical in outlook, it involves breaking down, dissolving, and uniting contradictory materials to absorb and assimilate what is learnt in the process. This in turn guides the choices in presenting the artworks, enabling the encounter of other bodies and their own cultural knowledge.
Each artwork formulates a question and as a final piece, the specific formulation of process and materials embodies the enquiry. Her interest in artistic epistemologies affirms the cognitive nature of aesthetic experience and her aim is to widen the perception of how we come to know.
Current strategies of engagement are reviewed and deployed as embedded pedagogies, both in exhibited works and in the ways of teaching others.
20 February - 8 March 2020 - She Performs, Glass Tank, Oxford
16 October - 16 November, 2020 Photo Oxford, MAS
2018 Whose Voice? - Featured Artist, Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford
2018 Onset, Icons, NOC Gallery, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford
2017 Undercurrents, Filament 14, Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford
2020 She Performs The Body, Glass Tank, Oxford
2019 Turn of the Year, Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
2019 CommUnity, Print Exchange Exhibition, Wolfson College, Oxford
2019 Body Language, Ovada Gallery
2019 Priceless, Artweeks at Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford
2019 Chromantics, Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
2019 SocioParasitologyManifesto Exhibition, The Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, London
2017 ReMARKS, Ovada Gallery
2017 Beyond Surface, Glass Tank, Oxford
2017 Seven Counties Open, Ovada Gallery
2017 Healing Forces - Artist Teacher Collective - NOC Gallery, Oxford
2016 Art on the Move - The Jam Factory, Oxford
2016 Evolving Forces - Artist Teacher Collective - Glasgow Room, Oxford Brookes University
2016 DisLocate - Artists from Magdalen Road Studios, Old VW Garage, Oxford
2016 Realisation, Pop Up Artist Teacher Collective, Oxford Brookes University
2016 Resistant Forces - Artist Teacher Collective - Ovada Gallery, Oxford
2015 Artist Teacher Scheme End of year, Oxford Brookes University
2002 Tunnel of Love - Valentines Show, Brooklyn, NY
2000 Monoprints - Museo de Barranquilla, Colombia
2000 Maluca - MFA Degree Show - Bogota, Colombia
1999 Reflections on National Salon Prize Winners - MAMBO, Bogota
1999 Colombian Contemporary Artists - CIC Gallery, Chicago.
1998 Masters of Graphic Arts - International Printmakers Exhibition, Gyor, Hungary
1997 Realms of Sight - Drawings, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota
1997 Arte Plop - Murals, Avenida Jimenez Underground, Bogota Colombia
Artists Recognize the Benefits of a Parasite-Host Relationship - Hyperallergic
Artist Spotlight - She Performs