Interview: Thompson Pereira da Costa

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Interview: Thompson Pereira da Costa

Luca Curci talks with Thompson Pereira da Costa during FRACTAL IDENTITIES – Entropy. Disorders . Obsessions, in Venice on July 2015.

Thompson Pereira da Costa is a Brazilian, born in 1985,  went to study painting in Italy in 2013 then he started his studies at Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice, today he still living and studying in the same city. During this period he has dedicated his work to the sexual desire and its plastic implications. In his works he has made use of performance, and also the use of hands and body models in his compositions.

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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?

Thompson Pereira da Costa – I came to study in Venice two years ago and from other Italian cities is one in which I was more fascinated, for me is truly an inspiring city. Exhibit at the city you live is a gift , especially in Venice which is famous city with its tradition of bringing together the best of what is produced in the world of art in its exhibition events. Like the other great exhibition events happening in Venice Iternational EXPO/It’s LIQUID is also excelled for have this characteristic.

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

T.P.d.C. My knowledge of ca ‘ Zanardi comes from last year when I exposed a performance at one of its events. This year I had the privilege to participate once again in one of his shows, now organized in partnership with ItsLiquid I am really grateful to all the organizers from those I’ve met in the past year and those I met this last show.

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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?

T.P.d.C. – The work presented in the exhibition is part of some results of a study still in progress and which was started two years ago. It treats to search to capture sexual pleasure in its most primitive form and so separating it from any human bond, that is, of any representation or symbolism. As a research involving sexual pleasure and a particular way of designing it, this has a great relationship with the event’s theme.

L.C. What are you currently working on?

T.P.d.C. My current work continues a study already begun two years ago. In this new phase the work has focused on an interpretation of previous works, seeking also to experiment new materials that better suited to the purpose of the work, as in this case the plastic.

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L.C. What is art for you?

T.P.d.C. The artist lives to art and his life is relentless pursuit of that correspondence, then when it consumes it comes to art. So we cannot say that we become an artist, but we are born an artist for we upload this burden forever.

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

T.P.d.C. Exhibit at InternationalExpo/ItsLiquid is a great opportunity to be among good performers from around the world and in a city which is famous for being a place of artistic exhibitions.

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