Name

Rodrigo Ghattas Pérez

About

Rodrigo Ghattas work drifts between a range of different artistic means; event-based forms, actions, cultural-specific interventions, sculpture, and creative writing, with a special focus on forms of "daily performativity”. The artist sees himself as an initiator of situations that question the "automatic choreography" of our everyday life. He introduces unexpected situations and temporary experiments in public space; often through series of poetic acts -small gestures-, by either him or others. Ghattas examines issues of cultural identity, "social impermanence", modern myths and city rituals – how do we use our body as a social device to interact across cultures? His work is the result of a close-distance and collective production of temporary yet intimate encounters with strangers in the public realm. Ghattas works can often only be grasped by the traces they leave behind. Open-ended processes that explore new intimacies, mediated forms of domesticity and foreignness, and modes of creative engagement in the city.

​Ghattas holds a BFA in Sculpture from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru) and a MFA Art and Public Space from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Norway). Ghattas is the Founder and Artistic Director of Machaqmara Center for the Arts (MQA), which he has been running since 2014. In addition, Ghattas worked as an OSLO PILOT Artistic Collaborator in 2016, and currently holds a Curatorial Assistant position for the upcoming Oslo Biennial First Edition. His work has been displayed and 'performed' in Thailand, Peru, USA, Norway, China, Italy and the UK.

Rodrigo Ghattas (b.1989) is a Peruvian-Palestinian artist and cultural producer, lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

​“Time is a two-way street in which I find myself in the open.” – Rodrigo Ghattas

Current website: http://www.artandpublicspace.net/rodrigo-ghattas

Specialties

  • Sculpture
  • Visual arts
  • Cultural Managing
  • Ceramics
  • Public art
  • Creative writing
  • Installation