Interview: María Camila Cepeda

Interview: María Camila CepedaImage courtesy of María Camila Cepeda

Interview: María Camila Cepeda

Luca Curci talks with the artist María Camila Cepeda during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES of BORDERS festival in Venice on August 2016. María Camila Cepeda is a 20 year old Colombian artist whose work is inspired on the human being, identity and inherent complexity. Although she has been involved in art from an early age, she only started her art production in the second half of 2014. After attending a  two­-year program in Academiade Artes Fabula, and receiving a mentorship from Colombian artist Alfredo Araújo Santoyo for three years, she has moved to England to continue her studies in Leeds College of Art.

 

Interview: María Camila Cepeda

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Luca Curci – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
María Camila Cepeda – What I tried to show with my artwork was the idea that we are never a completely defined self, but are instead a compound of ever changing personalities. The effect this has on us and in the way we see others, is that we can’t reach any definition of someone’s self, but instead are limited to receiving perceptions, and appearances that come as fast as they go. It is linked to the whole festival as it deals with the human being and how it is perceived on a social environment, which was one of the central ideas in the theme of the festival. Being separate but at the same time relating to others is what makes us fluctuating entities, that are influenced by what and who we come in contact with.

L.C. – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did inspire you?

M.C.C. – I think the concept of the festival was a really interesting one, which not only allowed a compound of works dealing with the contemporary subject of identity and all the problems and enquiries that it produces to come forward, but also made you wonder about the nature of identity in a way you probably hadn’t before. The theme inspired me as identity is something I’m passionate about, and particularly the idea of its fragmentation, that was proposed by the festival, is a very appealing idea open to a lot of exploration, and investigation.

 

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L.C. – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
M.C.C. – I just graduated from a Fine Art technical degree in Colombia. Aside from that, I also got the enriching opportunity of being mentored for three years by Colombian artist Alfredo Araújo Santoyo.  I believe the experience that has influenced my work the most was the identity crisis I had some years ago. I persistently tried to define what made me be me, and continuously failed to do so. This self exploration eventually led me to investigate the subject of identity, and doing this allowed me to take the preoccupation I had, and transfer it from a subjective matter, to a global one. This is what has made identity to be my main source of inspiration

L.C. – What is art for you?
M.C.C. – For me art is a way of communication, used mainly by those who can’t fully transmit what they feel or think through words. It is a way of letting your subconscious out and at the same time allowing other people’s subconscious to be stimulated in a very unique and unrivaled form.

L.C. – What do you think about the whole organization of the event, the selection of the artists, the communication management and opening ceremony?
M.C.C. – I got the opportunity to go to the festival earlier this month, and having done so allows me to confidently talk about the organization of the event, which I believe was really good. From the curators who did a wonderful job with the selection of artworks, to the advertisement, feedback, and photos that were set forth in social media, and passing through the printed material and approachable coordinators, I have to say I have enjoyed this experience and having had the opportunity to work with the organization

 

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L.C. – Do you think that this experience could be useful for artists and can contribute to increase personal background?
M.C.C. – As an artist who is just starting her career, I do think this contributes to increase personal background in a considerable way. The organization is a serious one, who aims to show the work of the artists they’re exhibiting, and not only in the exhibition venues, but online as well. It is also very enriching to work with an international organization such as this one, and believe I have gained experience from doing it.

L.C. – Are you interested in future collaborations with our organization?
M.C.C. – Yes, I am interested in future collaborations.

 

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