Interview: Alessandra Breviario
Luca Curci talks with Alessandra Breviario during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 – 14TH EDITION, at Misericordia Archives.
Alessandra breviario born in Milan in 1999. She is an emergent installation, video artist and curator based in Farnham, UK. She studied figurative painting in Italy, near Milan, and visual arts as HSPVA in Huston, TX, before moving to UCA, Farnham, UK where she recently graduated in Fine Arts.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Alessandra Breviario – I am a young video and installation artist based in Farnham, UK. Coming from a background of visual arts, my practice has evolved into a multimedia exploration of the role that communication plays in re-shaping our perception of the world, especially the botanical world. Since 2017 I have been exhibiting my work in various group shows in the UK, USA and Italy, latest of which at Jardino, in Milan, where one of my short films got selected for a screening at Cinema Beltrade.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
AB – In an era where everything is accessible to anyone, anywhere, at any time, my work concentrates on unique temporary experiences that only exist “now and here”. It aims at the creation of mental and physical spaces, where time and space may become relative concepts. Alongside the creation of immersive experiences, I investigate the theme of communication, especially among human and non-human systems, and I try to understand how it affects our perception and relationship with others and the world. Within the intention of uncovering new ways to communicate, especially with the natural realm, my work attempts to re-enact a primordial, sensorial connection with nature and to reshape our understanding of it too. Using sound as an awakening element, I intend to raise awareness about one’s presence in the world and to make people more conscious about their impact on the natural environment.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays? Did your style change over the years? In which way?
AB – On the one hand I feel that being an artist nowadays has become a challenge, especially for installation artists such as myself who struggle to find their freedom among all the constrictions that the current situation and spaces have imposed on us. On the other hand, though, this challenging time and space we find ourselves living in also force us to be more creative, to find unconventional solutions and innovative ways to continue our practice, and this is also where my interest in video art can be fully expressed. While before I used to focus more on providing the spectators with a fully immersive experience, through my video practice I indeed tend to experience things first-hand and then try to convey these through sounds and moving images in a digital dimension where naturals laws do not apply and there is no limit to imagination.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
AB – In my attempt to create a limitless universe where natural and human elements are perceived as a whole, it is always important to confront myself with the public to understand what is working and what is not. This being said, I never expect people to get a specific message from my work, but more like a sensation. Indeed, what I want from my audience is for them to get curious, ask questions, initiate conversations and experience a different way of sensing the world that might trigger some change in them or their actions.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
AB – I think that the general theme of the exhibition touches a particularly current issue; during these past few years, in fact, our personal space, the space we live in, our quotidian landscape and our relationship with the domestic and the natural spaces that surround us have been constantly shifting from one constriction to another. Seeing how different artists from all over the world worked with their bodies in this new unstable, almost liquid space was very interesting.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AB – For what concerns the video works I have presented, I decided to create a sequence of three clips, all concerning issues of human-nature connection in which vegetal and human beings are seen sharing the same spaces, moments and time, to then evolve in a sequence of sounds and shapes where the subjects flow one into the other to be finally perceived as a whole. More specifically, the three films presented are “Attuning”, “Statement” and “One”. The first short film investigates the performative presence of the tree, first perceived as the “other” and then slowly melting within the quotidian landscape of the room. It explores a new level of engagement between humans and the botanic elements in the domestic environment: a mutual discovery and listening. It uncovers a willingness of connection and dialogue, that seeks a deeper relationship with the natural world, an intimate one. This same type of intimate connection is then repurposed in the clip “statement” where, instead of seeing a plant within a “human environment”, we are confronted with an image of immersion of the human figure in the natural surroundings. The general feeling of this representation, characteristic of the following clip as well, is a sensation of communion, a cooperation of the two parts at the creation of the art piece. The last short film is “ONE”, an experimental work that explores the perception of the human-nature presence in the world as a whole. The video promotes a vision of togetherness between the human figure and the vegetal being which results in a perpetual succession of shapes and colours in constant transformation.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
AB – I would like to thank ITSLIQUID Group for the opportunity to exhibit my works at the Venice International Art Fair 2021/2022. I think it is important nowadays to create more conversations in the art world, it is always good to bring people together and to allow ideas to circulate.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? What do you think about our services?
AB – The event was well organised, the curatorial team kept in contact with me the entire time, was always available for any question and was very welcoming on-site. They took care of the documentation of the exhibition in both locations and they handled the organization very professionally.