Walter Solon [1992, Sao Paulo, Brazil] is an artist, filmmaker, writer and singer, dealing with issues of representation, appropriation, identity and narrative in hybrid media across film, performance, writing, installation, music and photography. He studied at Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA.
His work has been shown at Art Sonje Center, South Korea; Goethe Institut Beijing, China; Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany; and the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, among others. He received the DAAD prize and participated in residencies in Bangalore, India and Essen, Germany.
2014-23 Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany (MFA in Media and Fine Arts) 2017 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA (Art MFA) 2018-19 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Guest at Class Gonzalez-Foerster) 2010-14 University of São Paulo, Brazil (Bachelor of Social Sciences) 2014 Sciences Po Paris, France (Social Sciences, French Literature) 2012 - 2013 University of Cologne, Germany (German Literature)
2023 Forecast Forum - Nominee of Roee Rosen 2019 Kunststiftung NRW - Junge Szene Grant 2019 Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia - Export Grant 2019 Goethe-Institut Sao Paulo, Residency Grant 2017 Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia - Export Grant 2017 Academy of the Arts of the World - Grant Program 2016 Prize for Young Filmmakers at the Pitch Competition DokFest Munich, awarded by the Haus des Dokumentarfilms 2016 KHM-Scholarship of the Circle of Friends of the Academy of Media Arts 2016 DAAD Prize 2016 DAAD Post-Graduate Scholarship in Art, Film and Design
Residencies & Fellowshi
2022 LABA Laboratory for Jewish Culture, Berlin, Germany 2021 Center for Literature, Annette von Droste zu Hülshoff-Stiftung, Münster, Germany 2020 Pivô Research, São Paulo, Brazil 2020 PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany 2020 Palazzo Ricci, Montepulciano, Italy 2018 bangaloREsidency@Jaaga, Goethe-Institut Bangalore, India 2017 Warehouse, digital residency 2017 PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany 2017 Clusterhaus, Cologne, Germany 2016 Palazzo Ricci, Montepulciano, Italy
Selected group shows/screenings/talks
2023 JUNCTION, nhow, Berlin, Germany 2022 BROKEN/LABA, CLB Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2022 PUBLIC FICTIONS, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
2022 NEW ALPHABET SCHOOL, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany 2021 38th KASSEL DOCUMENTARY AND VIDEO FESTIVAL, Kassel, Germany 2020 OPEN DESKTOP, Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil
2020 VIDEO WORKS, Situation Kunst, Bochum, Germany 2019 NEW ALPHABET SCHOOL #2 SITUATING, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2019 NEW ALPHABET SCHOOL #1 TRANSLATING, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2019 LOWTEXT: FOOTNOTES, Flutgraben, Berlin, Germany
2019 RADICAL FILM NETWORK, Silent Green, Berlin, Germany 2018 A BETTER VERSION OF YOU, Goethe-Institut, Beijing, China
2018 EVA15 - EXPERIMENTAL VIDEO ART EXHIBITION, Bangkok, Thailand
2018 OBERHAUSEN SHORT-FILM FESTIVAL, Germany 2017 A BETTER VERSION OF YOU, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, South Korea
2017 6TH THESSALONIKI BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Thessaloniki, Greece
2017 RUNDGANG, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany 2017 KURZFILMWANDERUNG, Graz, Austria
2017 ACHTBRÜCKEN. MUSIK FÜR KÖLN, Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany 2017 FAROFF ART FAIR, Film Program, Cologne, Germany
2017 VIDEONALE.PARCOURS, Kreuzung an St.Helena, Bonn, Germany
2016 PREISVERLEIHUNG DER FREUNDE DER KHM, Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, Germany 2016 KEUPSTRASSE MONUMENT COMPETITION, National Socialism Documentation Center, Cologne, Germany 2016 PALAZZO RICCI, Montepulciano, Italy
2016 RUNDGANG, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany
2016 CRAFTSMANSHIP THESE DAYS, University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands 2016 NRW COMPETITION, Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Münster, Germany
2016 URBAN STREET WALK, weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf, Germany
2016 DIGITAL BODIES, Center for Contemporary Art, Tibilisi, Georgia 2016 KINDLY DISINVITED, Academy Space, Cologne, Germany
2016 CAPTURING DANCE, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin, Germany
2016 FAROFF ART FAIR, Film Program, Cologne, Germany 2015 MUSEUMNACHT, Glasmoog, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany
2015 RUNDGANG, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany
2015 JUNGES INTERNAT DER KÜNSTE DER WELT, Quartier am Hafen, Cologne, Germany
2014 ERFAHREN UND ERZÄHLEN, Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne, Germany
2022 PUBLIC FICTIONS, exhibition publication, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany 2022 REVISTA PIVÔ, magazine, Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil 2017 THE PUBLIC I, short story anthology, Chris Kraus and Annette Weisser workshop, Pasadena 2010 SEIVA E RISCO, short story anthology, Terracota Publishing, São Paulo
2023 Creative Assistant Director of Pia Marais for her feature film "Transamazonia"
2019 Editor and writer for Yael Bartana's film "What If Women Ruled the World"
2019 Making-of for Yael Bartana's video "Redemption"
2019 Assistant Director for Shinpei Takeda's film "Apotacastasis"
2019 Script Consultant for Isabel Herguera's feature animation "Sultana's Dream"
2019 Producer for Jonathan Omer Mizrahi's film My Wife's Lucky Embers (WT)
2016 Research assistant to Yael Bartana for the project "What If Women Ruled the World"
2015 Research assistant at the Interdisciplinary Latin American Center, University of Bonn, research cluster Ethnicity, Belonging and Citizenship in Latin America
2014 Translator and assistant for Sand Hilal, Alessandro Petti (DAAR/Campus in Camps) and Grupo Contrafilé for the 31st Sao Paulo Art Biennial-commissioned book and installation "The Tree School"
2013 Assistant Director for Nurit Sharett's video installation "Counting the Stars"
2013 Assistant and Making-of Director for Yael Bartana's video "Inferno"