Michelle-Marie Letelier

Rancagua, Chile, 1977
Visual Artist

Inspired by juxtaposed historical contexts, Letelier’s work encompasses orchestrated transformations of natural resources, alongside extensive research into the landscapes where their exploitation and speculation take place.

Michelle-Marie Letelier spent her early life in Chuquicamata, the world’s largest open-pit copper mine located in the Atacama Desert. When this town was to be buried, she returned to document it—a pivotal moment that ushered in her practice.

Since then, Letelier has been exploring commodity compounds, their properties and production, enabling situations in which the basic structures are carefully combined and led by physical methods into poetical states.


2007-2008 Experimental Media Design (Guest Student), Prof. Maria Vedder, UDK, Berlin
1996-2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BA), Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile


“PENSAMIENTO SALVAJE” (2017), in the frame of Bienalsur, Biennale for Contemporary Art in South America, Casa Nacional del Bicentenario, Buenos Aires, Argentina (group show)
“MAGIC BLOCK” (2014), Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway; Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile (group show)
“CALICHE WINDS” (2014), El Museo de Los Sures, New York, USA (solo show)
“X VIDEO AND MEDIA ARTS BIENNIAL” (2012) , Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile (group show/screening)
“GLASS CRASH FEELING – GOLDRAUSCH” (2010), September Gallery and Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany (group show)