Interview: Bianca Boragi

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Interview: Bianca Boragi

Luca Curci talks with Bianca Boragi during FUTURE MEMORIES exhibition in Venice on August 2015.

Bianca Boragi is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and actress. She is an MFA candidate at Yale University in the sculpture/video department. FrenchAmerican, she was raised in Paris, where she obtained her BFA from ENSAPC in 2009, majoring in experimental video. Her work has been exhibited in Paris, France, Venice, Italy, Essen, Germany, Edinburgh, Scotland, Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles, and New York. She has recently shown new work at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice Art House, Venice, Italy and Metanoia Gallery, Paris, France. Bianca lives and studies in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Luca Curci – Can you talk about your personal experience in Venice? What did you think about the whole organization of the event, the artists’ selection, the communication management and opening nights?

Bianca Boragi – Everything was handled smoothly. As an artist in the United States, this was a relief because everything was communicated remotely.

L. C. – What do you think about the collaboration between It’s LIQUID and Ca’ Zanardi/Venice Art House?

B. B. – Ca’ Zanardi is a beautiful venue and its grounds provide a perfect atmosphere for a gallery show.

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L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice?

B. B. – Popcorn Tree is an Art video that crosses boundaries between different mediums like cinema, performance and sculpture. It depicts the imaginary quest of Popcorn tree harvest. It’s an allegory depicting the spiritual and metaphorical journey of being an artist and a person. It is also inspired from my nomadism, as I am not settled and follow where my practice takes me. I wanted to convey the idea of carrying with you a local absolute in which you can find resources anywhere at all times. This piece is inspired from the myth of Sisyphus, medieval alchemy and from The Baron in the Trees, by Italo Calvino; it depicts the will to pursue a quest with fervor and determination, and eventually the reward from it, like a little miracle, triggers an ecstatic joy.

L. C. – How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

B. B. – This piece is linked to the idea of Future Memories because the journey and the moment depicted in this piece come from an inner will possessed by all people. A future memory is something you have always known, but have not yet realized; it is the essence of what it means to be a person and a participant in the universe.

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?

B. B. – I’m currently working as a MFA candidate at Yale University in the school of sculpture. Right now, I’m producing a new series of work called Attempt at Enlightenment 1,2,3… Mostly videos and photos. I am using an object that lost its function, a metal towel holder, that was off the wall, in the new apartment I moved in, last August. My goal is to give it a different function, so I tried to use it as a third eye, in a video, to find enlightenment, then as a nipple piercing, in an erotic photo, and then as an instrument, (like a triangle) in a video. I’m also working on a large scale, metal sculpture that is another functionless object. It’s a giant watering can fountain which body pierced with holes is leaking. It’s called Charlie.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

B. B. – Art is a way for us to connect to the abstract machine of life. It enables to communicate unsettled questions. It grasps the magic of everyday and depicts accurately but with a mysterious language the experience of living through time and space and being part of something bigger than us, that we totally ignore. Who are we amongst billions of galaxies? What shall our purpose be?

L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations? Do you think they can represent an opportunity for artists?

B. B. – This was a fantastic opportunity for me as an artist based in the United States to show my work in Italy for the first time.

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