About & CV
Valeria Montti Colque (SWE, b.1978, lives and works in Stockholm) is a Chilean-Swedish artist working in a range of expressions and media, often with collage-based sculptural installations assembled by paintings, drawings, photos, ceramics, textiles and objects. She graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2004 and has exhibited extensively in Sweden, Chile, Norway and Germany, in museums and art institutions as well in public space. Recently she was commissioned by Stockholm Region to produce two art pieces for the public transportation stations in the centre of Stockholm. Also, one of her installations Apu Mama Höjden was acquired by the Modern Museum of Art in Stockholm as part of their collection in 2022. She has had a solo show in Museo de Solidaridad Salvador Allende in Santiago de Chile in 2020. Valeria is working with the development of the exhibition project “Gunnel & Anita” in collaboration with Rossana Mercado-Rojas and curated by Ashik Zaman. This exhibition was first shown in BAS Konsthall commissioned by Järfällä Kommun in 2022, and is planned to be developed in two different new venues in 2023 and 2025.
Her installations become characters and sometimes costumes; gods, mythological figures, heroes and magical spirits, embodiments of human beliefs and with symbolic names from nature they all live side by side in these assemblages. Often working with and through her Chilean diaspora experiences and communities, her work resembles someone carrying her home. Assembled everyday found objects, costumes, artworks, and cultural debris become alive alongside the living. Collaboration is central to Valeria’s practice – other artists, musicians, performance artists, family and friends become part of creating her artistic world.
In 2016, an artist monograph, La Jardinera, was made in collaboration with art historian and writer Macarena Dusant, published by Dokument Press. The monograph is the first by a Swedish-Chilean artist, and deals with questions addressing diaspora conditions, love, grief, trauma, and gender power structures. The book can be ordered at Dokument Press.
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1. Apu: Quechua word for the mountains considered protective divinities
2. Höjden: Swedish word for “the height”, as in a mountain
Himlajorden På Picknick, public installation at Skanstull metro station, Konstväxlingar
Films in the installation Demons stomping is a collaboration with Celina Escher, work commissioned by Region Stockholm. Curated by Paola Zamorra and Ulrika Lublin
Himlajorden På Picknick, public installation at Zinkensdamm metro station, Konstväxlingar, work commissioned by Region Stockholm. Curated by Paola Zamorra and Ulrika Lublin
El bosque de nubes/ Los Pájaros del Horizonte, El Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende. Curated by Daniela Berger Prado
Cloud Forest, Österängens Konsthall Jönköping. Curated by Johanna Linder
Ett Stort Vitt Moln av Fåglar/ A Big White Cloud of Birds, Alias Teatern, Stockholm
Fjärilvingar Ovan Betong, Gotlands Art Museum, Visby Sweden. Curated by Angelica Blomhage
Trädgårdsmästarens planet, Handens Konsthall, Stockholm
Apu Mamahöjden Ojitos de Sal, Modern Museum in Stockholm. Curated by Asrin Haidari
Gunnel & Anita, BAS konsthall Järfälla, collaboration with Rossana Mercado-Rojas. Curated by Ashik Zaman
Hammarkullen subway and Blå Ställe Art Venuet in Gothenburg. Curated by Emma Corkhill
Rastros, The museum of World Culture, Gothenburg
Motståndsmuseet Södertälje konsthall. Curated by Joanna Sandell
The Lonesome Dreamer, Kunsthal 3.14 Bergen, Norway. Curated by Gitte Sætre
Shared History, Färgfabriken Art Venue, Stockholm, collaboration with the architect Hala Alnaji. Curated by Emelie Rosenqvist
Bakom Grönskan, a exhibition in the nature reserve Kärleksstigen, Gotland. Curated by Armin Scholler
Animita, international fashion Showcase Chile in London. Curated by Andrea Pachenco
Biennal SIART Bolivia. Curated by Martin Schibli
Raining Jokerita, Västerås Art Museum
Dark Matter Botkyrka Art Venue, Stockholm. Curated by Joanna Sandell
De Rotlösas Trädgård/ The Garde of the Rootless, MAC/Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago Chile, curated by Juan Castillo
Demons stomp & Flores ängar and demons på Picknick, Momento Film, Slakthusområdet Hus 7, Stockholm.
Santa Jokerita, Södertälje konsthall
Santa Jokerita, All Art Now, Stockholm. Curator: Abir Boukari
Horisontens Fåglar Norra Bantorget, Konstmaraton, Stockholm
Molnskogen/Cloude Forest at Kunsthal 3.14 Bergen, Norge
Molnskogen/ Cloude Forest at the exibthion Ecologies of Darkness. Building grounds on shifting sands.
SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin Germany
Molnskogen/ Cloud Forest, at the PALS- festival. History Will Be Kind to Me for I Intend to Perform it.
Middag för two planeter/Two Planets at dinner, Paraiso Alive
Östra Gymnasiet in Huddinge, Stockholm
Ett Stort Vitt Moln av Fåglar/A Big White Cloud of Birds, Alias Teatern Stockholm
Himbalaja, FistaHood, Stockholm
El Cocinero/the Chef Malmö Kulturfestival
The Non White Artistic Experience at Teater Galleasen, Boulevard, Teatern and Färgfabriken, Stockholm
Molnskogen, Collage mural for Sergels Torg, Stockholm
Matrix, groundmural, collaboration with Ea ten Kate and Jonathan Josefsson at the Museum of World Culture, Gothemburg
Molnträd, AMU Skogsmur, Gävle.
Dans på Rosor, Public Art work, tunnel to Handen trainstaion, Stockoholm
Regnbågsljus, four murals in tunnels in the suburb Grimsta. Curated by Frida Cornell
Master in Fine Arts, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
Project student Video, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
Project student Al Fresco, Royal Institute of Art
Al Fresco course, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm