Interview: Cynthia Chong

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Interview: Cynthia Chong

Luca Curci talks with Cynthia Chong during FUTURE MEMORIES – Reconstruction of new identities in Venice on August 2015.

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Cynthia Chong was born in Mexico City in 1988.  She studied Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, as well as Art at the National School for Painting, Sculpture and Etching “La Esmeralda”. In 2010 she studied an exchange semester at the State Academy of Arts Karlsruhe in Germany by receiving the scholarship Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg Stipendium.  2013 – 2015 obtained the scholarship CONACYT-FINBA to study a Master of Arts at the same Academy by Professor Toon Verhoef and Marijke Van Warmerdam.  She has exhibited her work in different cities in Mexico, like Mexico City, Aguascalientes and Pachuca, and around the world in cities like Manila, Hiroshima, Amsterdam, Karlsruhe, Dresden, Braunschweig, Nancy and lately in Venice.  She works with different media, like video, digital graphics, actions and installations.

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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?
Cynthia Chong – I couldn’t be present at the opening nights.  I received all information via Email.  The organization was very punctual and appropriate, as well as the management via Internet.  I found the artists’ selection quite assorted.  A lot of different techniques and tendencies, but they all managed to communicate a similar idea of the concept of the exhibition’s theme (self memories, awareness).  I found very interesting the idea of mixing digital media with analogue works and performance.

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L.C. – What do you think about the collaboration between It’s LIQUID and Ca’ Zanardi/Venice Art House?
C.C. – It’s very interesting that a group of architects have interest on organising art exhibitions to promote young artists and art collectives.  The result shows a harmony among the team work from It’s LIQUID and the host art house.

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L.C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?
C.C. – Video:  Superficial tension.  I took this video inside a plastic bubble on a swimming pool, trying to stand up all the time, but falling down because of the inner movement created from my own body and the superficial tension between water and contained air.  This video represents an inner turbulence of our existence:  the trouble on trying to assimilate the exterior impressions of our understanding, but being torn down by them at the same time, leading us to lose all sense of orientation.  Sometimes to be aware implies to be in a state of inner turbulence.  Therefore is this video linked to the festival’s theme.

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L.C. – What are you currently working on?
C.C. – I’m working for the first time in my artistic career on self-portraits.  Since I’ve been living in a foreign country for the last two years, I’ve accumulated enough experiences that can be taken as a good motive to develop a personal artistic work.

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L.C. – What is art for you?
C.C. – It’s the way humans present the world throughout particular and unconventional ways of perceiving and thinking.  It’s the way humans create new truths by breaking traditional ways of codifying the world.

L.C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations? Do you think they can represent an opportunity for artists?
C.C. – I appreciate the organisation of ArtExpo and want to congratulate the team because of it’s accurate process of working.  The contact with the curator was always precise and clear.  ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID offer a good opportunity to present our work as emerging artists in different contexts as the ones we are accustomed to.

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