Studio : Ateliers de la Ville
1 place de Lorette
Fr-13002 Marseille


Javiera Tejerina-Risso arrived in France in 1999 to study audiovisual direction. Wondering about her voluntary exile, she is using her artistic practice in order to reach a certain universality, by exploring the idea of movement, through installations, films and photographs. In 2009, she created with Diego Ortiz, Flux(o), the laboratory of contemporary creation, through which they make mediatic artworks, such as their last project, A contretemps, half documentary and half web platform. In 2012, Javiera Tejerina-Risso studied at Sciences Po Paris, in Bruno Latour’s program, Expérimentation en arts et politiques SPEAP. Her artistic research around the question of representing the world through the rhythm of oceans is currently the subject of a thesis at the University of Aix-Marseille, on which she is now working.


Born in 1980 in Santiago de Chile.

Lives and works in Marseille.


On the occasion of the 2nd edition of the Prix des ateliers de la Ville de Marseille, Javiera Tejerina-Risso will present a work in collaboration with Diego Ortiz.

Drawing equally on scientific methods and symbolism, the work of Javiera Tejerina-Risso tirelessly explores the notion of movement: fluid mechanics and the mythologies of insularity are summoned forth to confront us with the effects of nature.

Both laboratory and gallery take equal prominence as observation grounds in which she models poetic experiments on the elements, abstracting them to the point where they become dimensionless quantities. Correlations are then only visible to the mind.

For the artist, water bears us away to a distant ‘other’, becomes the metaphor of an all-powerful infinity, of an oceanic sensibility. Her works aim to define and delimit water’s dual capacities for isolation and for propagation.

The same hypothesis of fluidity binds interior to exterior, present to past, city to nature. Her syntheses of these apparently contradictory ideas represent a questioning of the very notion that representation embodies an illusion of reality.

Javiera Tejerina’s works urge us to look beneath the surface.

Jean-Christophe Arcos

To record water during days

Javiera Tejerina, To record water during days, 2016, Based time installation,  © Javiera Tejerina-Risso


A Place called home

Javiera Tejerina, A Place called home, 2015, Video installation, Exhibition view, CDN – ICI, Montpellier © Javiera Tejerina-Risso


Javiera Tejerina, Isla, 2014, Video, sound, 9’14.



Javiera Tejerina, Noir/Bleu, 2012, Video © Javiera Tejerina-Risso


Série Uyuni

Javiera Tejerina, Série Uyuni, 2012, Photo © Javiera Tejerina-Risso