“I often find myself wrapped around in a cocoon. The silence inside helps me give dimension to each and every thought and emotion. This is the place where I create my art, it is where my ideas gain perspective and start to evolve. I use my art to form a solid and visual object of a specific chapter that has touched me in a moment. Every work I make becomes a memory, an expression.”

Camila Fenster (b. 1970) lives and works in Portugal. She has a background as a Production manager in advertisement films. Later on, she pursued a photography course at the renowned school in Lisbon. Here she not only acquired technical expertise in mastering digital cameras but also discovered a profound love for the art form. Since then Fenster has used the lens as her gateway to the world, exploring and capturing stories of a range of different places, cultures, and people. This also shows in her extensive work of photographs which are rich in details – textures, shapes, and objects, that she later uses as if they were “paints”.

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Strange shapes, floating body parts, and bizarre apparel. Fenster’s body of work is a tapestry of visual narratives. Each piece is based on deconstructed photographs which are recombined into new photographic montages, unfolding stories about eight distinct women. Photomontage is a technique first used by the Dadaists and later adopted by the surrealists to reflect the workings of the unconscious mind. Like the surrealists, Fenster challenges the notion of our reality and rejects rational ways of seeing the world. Instead, the body of work draws inspiration from the artist’s own dreams and imagination and unveils Fenster’s observation of the world and human behavior.

Her artworks have been sold with huge success to almost every EU country, Norway, Switzerland, UK, and Brazil. A few years back, Fenster was invited by the Danish brand “By Malene Birger” to create a Unique Piece based on her aesthetic which now hangs in their headquarters. Furthermore, her artworks have been published in magazines in Portugal and Denmark as well as online magazines and social media.