Interview: Elena Mastracci

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Interview: Elena Mastracci

 

Luca Curci talks with the artist Elena Mastracci during BODYSPACES | HUMANS+HYBRIDS in Rome.

Elena Mastracci was born in L’Aquila where she attended the Academy of Fine Arts (painting). She is an artist and a performer and one of the founders of Rogo Theatre. During her artistic “travel” studied butoh dance with the Japanese masters Masaki Iwana, Yumiko Yoshioka and Atsushi Takenouchi. Her personal research focuses on contamination between the visual arts and the performing arts in collaboration with other artists, working in artistic and social projects in Italy, Argentina, France, Denmark and Spain. In September of 2016 with a group of butoh dancers from different European countries, she participated in the independent project “Moon walker” lasting a month, walking for 240 km along the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean and dancing in different landscapes encountered, a sort of pilgrimage between nature and art.

 

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Luca Curci – What do you think about the concept of BODYSPACES | HUMANS+HYBRIDS? In which way did inspire you?
Elena Mastracci – It is a fascinating concept and creatively funny. In which way did inspire you? The body is a “space” that marks and acts in a space. It is a container and a content, a structure and an architecture, is the emptiness and the memory, in a continuous transformation between the human and the hybrid. The body and its mutations are the field of interest of my artistic investigation … so what better opportunity.

 

L.C. – What is the message linked to the performance you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the event?
E.M. – B.i.t is a butoh dance performance as a note traced to not lose the memory. The body becomes other. It’s a “dead body” not distracted by skin-deep emotions, able to focus on the dialectics of the most striking contrasts. The performance is modulated in each space because lives, acts and turns in it.

 

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L.C. – What is your creative process like?
E.M. – I work with many images, with interior and exterior landscapes and with fluid energy of the body. Therefore, my body becomes a tool such as a brush without compulsion intellectual and mental coercion, not to symbolize something. Always an “extraquotidiano” body that moves a fluid energy to generate organic actions and duality. A kind of empathic process to generate “something” in the viewer that cannot be explained through the intellect. “If you want to dance a flower, you can mime it: it will be trivial and not interesting. However, if you put at the base of your research the beauty of the flower and the emotions it evokes in your dead body, then the flower that you create through the dance will be real and unique, and the audience will feel your emotion. ” (Kazuo Ohno)

 

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L.C. – What is your artist direction? Are you interested in new media and new practices?
E.M. – My artist direction is a research focused on contamination between the visual arts and the performing arts (physical theater, butoh dance). To create a performance, I use any kind of tool: drawing and photography to record images or ideas as well as words … It is a deep creative process open to any mutation. During my artistic “travel” it was and it is important the collaboration with other groups and artists because it is a comparison and an enrichment. Yes, I am interested and fascinated. New media and new practices are additional tools to convey and express creativity.

 

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L.C. – What is your idea about It’s Liquid Group?
E.M. – It is an international creative group open and interesting in each field of contemporary arts. It is a flux of ideas and creativity without borders and barricades with the ability to create communication and connection with each kind of artist.

 

L.C. – Did you feel comfortable cooperating with us?
E.M. – Yes, of course! It is very stimulating.

 

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