Interview: Dora Mejia Arango

Interview: Dora Majia ArangoDora Mejia Arango, Garden of Eden

Interview: Dora Mejia Arango

Luca Curci talks with artist Dora Mejia Arango during WHY SELF exhibition in Venice on May 2015.

Dora Mejia has taught at several universities in the city and is now a retired teacher of said University, dedicated to artistic practices. As a visual artist she has groups and solo shows since 1981. Its main reflection has centered about the landscape theme from a conceptual and contemporary aesthetic approach, using multiple means of expression such as photography, video, computer graphics and installation. Lives and works in Medellín, Colombia.

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

Dora Mejia Arango – Likewise collaboration between It’s LIQUID and Ca’ Zanardi / Venice Art House seems to have achieved its objectives judging by the audience response is observed in the photographic information about events and the quality of the display itself. To discuss the selection of the artists I need direct experience with the works especially those requiring temporary present such as videos or performances.

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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?

D. M. A. – The video “I náari, Kue” has been created to respond to the call WHY SELF. The subject attracted me immediately and was for me an aesthetic delight solve this artistic riddle with images and sounds chosen to emphasize the hybrid morphologies that are part of the Colombian identity. A symbolic adventure with the game of some appearances and some phenotypes that embody a national identity that transcends the own limits and welcomes unpublished presentations.

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

D. M. A. – My interests are many and technical resources for the embodiments as works of art too. Perhaps because my first training as an architect I have an idea and then seduces me how to do it in the most efficient, consistent and yet poetic. This work was conceived in video for maximum information with minimum hardware, considering the time constraints and difficulties in shipping from a remote location.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

D. M. A. – For me, art is a way to express to others our deepest knowledge, feelings or experiences as humanity through aesthetic resources.

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

D. M. A. – International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations undoubtedly represent another opportunity for artists to present their work abroad. The fees as I have seen participating in this event are justified however does not mean that they can not become an impediment for many artists. But to participate or not is a free choice.

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There are other events that do not require them and to sponsor the works and give awards but need to win them and the competition is great. What appears to be a reality is that in the budget to do the work is necessary to consider an amount to achieve the purpose of exposing and disseminating internationally.  Welcome sponsorships.

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