Interview Amelia Sampaio
Luca Curci talks with Amelia Sampaio during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello and at Palazzo Bembo.
“I am a Brazilian artist, settled in Avignon since October 2020. I was born and raised in the working-class suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. In 2021, I got a Master of Arts from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Many of my works are created from elements associated by society with the feminine universe. Needles, thread, sewing, embroidery, flour, butter, eggs and water enter into the construction of my creations, raising questions about the role of women in this society.”
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Amelia Sampaio – Art is a process, an action, an expression performed by human beings to evocate their intimate and/or plural thoughts and that aims to materialize, from a chosen practice, these intimate feelings.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
AS – By entering the art history course at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. A universe of information and delight suddenly opened up to me, from prehistory to contemporary art. These were 4 years immersed in books, images, and real characters from a fascinating world, far from my reality in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. After my graduation, I joined collectives such as Espaço Experimental Rés-do-Chão, Agora Capacete, Bloco Bienal Vade-Retro Abacaxi, Creoles de Criação, among others which were very active during the first decade of the 21st century. In these Collective Spaces, an interesting exchange of contemporary practices existed. There were also study groups and presentations of contemporary works and artists. This coexistence with artists who already had an experimental background gave me the opportunity to create. These recognized artists were extremely generous, gave attention to my work and discussed it, and made it progress. They led me to my current artistic practice.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AS – The world that each of us carries in our head could be considered a field full of inspiration. I like to observe the world, but also to observe myself! It takes a lot of work to have inspiration! Yes, inspiration is where the work is. At least mine…
LC – How is your creative process?
AS- The creative process depends on the work. Nevertheless, a theme, a personal and/or collective experience can blossom into a new creation. For the artwork to exist, you must be connected to everything around you and ready to capture the smallest detail, in order to transform an idea into something real, hypothetically speaking.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
AS – The concept of Anima Mundi Consciousness 2022 is direct. Either you are aware, you act, you fight, you survive, or you don’t and you take refuge in a more or less imaginary world, resigned and dictated by the trials of life. The performance Suppliques that I presented is a way of raising awareness of the importance of Freedom. We all need to unite to fight for Freedom, even from small daily gestures.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
AS – The ITSLIQUID GROUP is an opportunity for artists from the European and American continents. The ITSLIQUID Group very positively widens the perception of the work of the artist who participates in its exhibitions. It seems reasonable to hope that the spotlight of critics, gallery owners and art connoisseurs pay more attention to the artists exhibited by the ITSLIQUID GROUP.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AS – Yes of course! It was a wonderful and rewarding experience that took me to another level in my career and legitimized the path I have been following for 20 years.