Interview: Roberta Cianciola

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Luca Curci talks with artist Roberta Cianciola during LIQUID CITIES NYC event in New York on October 2015.

From 2000 to 2004 Roberta Cianciola frequents the artistic studies and soon she exposes own pictures, participating in Italian and foreign collective shows and various solo exhibitions. From 2006, in collaboration with a note artistic association in Venice, begins her own experience in the public art and in the  social communication. She realizes urban artistic installations and she participates in collective performance. From 2007 she conducts workshop of relational art in Italy and into foreign countries, solo and together other artists. From 2009 she produces artistic videos and short films, participating in national and international reviews of videoart and festival of short films. Her work has received prizes and special mentions.

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

Roberta Cianciola – Concerning to my experience in NYC, I can say that I have been contacted by InternationalArtExpo to participate at the Limousine Festival and I am still very proud of that. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there, because all have been fast and, in few days I have not been able to prepare the trip. By news I have received, I know that everything has gone very well.

L. C. – What do you think about the collaboration between It’s LIQUID and XY Atelier Contemporary Art Gallery?

R. C. – I am happy about the collaboration between It’s Liquid and XY Studio Contemporary Art Gallery and I hold it a good opportunity to share artists’ and curators’ job, especially in a period as that actual. Art must circulate the more possible, to cross borders, also with the purpose to widen the visions and the occasions of comparison.

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L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in New York City? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

R. C. – My video “time made nothing” tells the time, that doesn’t flow in linear way following the scheme of past, future, present, but that is rolled up together with the emotions. The preparation of the benches of the market, the walk of men and animals, clouds that go down from the hills and from the skylabs, the ready food to be purchased and consumed, the life that flows in the voices and in the music. Of this “everything” remains a feeling that will never have altered to flow some time, because “the time didn’t mean anything, it didn’t condition” the specific existences, but it becomes a meaning that builds life and turns itself into qualifying structure. What assumes importance is feeling, through own experience, the flow of time. The resumptions of the video have been effected to the Market of Rialto in Venice, that I hold can be considered, for its specific connotations and for the feelings that it evokes, one of the cities showily more “liquid” of the world.

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

R. C. – For a long time my work investigates on the individual perceptions and on the necessary correlation with the external environment, that surrounds us. I tell the intimate and sensitive effort connected to this vital interchange. My last work, in completion, speaks of specific symbols, lived as text of our contemporary identity. We don’t always succeed in perceiving how much ours imaginary is influenced by signals of various form and meaning.

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L. C. –  What is art for you?

R. C. – For me art is a care, a medicine, able to unravel the contradictions. In the art the questions of the existence are concreted, and every artist offers his personal vision. From years I produce video in artistic symbiosis to a musician, who writes original musics for my short films. The hold relationship produces a progressive and mutual creative stimulus, that takes form in our respective works.

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

R. C. – ArtExpo and It’s Liquid are slender and “intelligent” structures, proper for the exchange and the promotion of the contemporary artistic works. Without doubt, to favor the artistic production, widening the opportunities of comparison in front of international stages, it is a choice that must constantly be supported and corroborated.

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