Interview: Cristina Barbieri
Luca Curci talks with Cristina Barbieri during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
I was born in Reggio Emilia and live in the province of Modena. I am a goldsmith, a painter and a figurative and abstract illustrator. Immediately after my studies, I began to participate in personal and group exhibitions on national territory, also moving to Milan, the city where I will live for several years. But Emilia is the place where I feel at home, where I can express myself completely. I am fascinated by everything that is deviant, disturbing, different and opposite to me.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Cristina Barbieri – For me, art is an emotional vector capable of transporting the interlocutor or the observer to ask himself questions related to his own being but also to what surrounds us. Therefore, I do not mean art as something purely decorative but as something surprising. Art must have the ability to disconcert, amaze, shock. It has to be something you don’t expect or don’t expect that way.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
CB – My background is linked to the knowledge and discovery of worlds and by worlds, I don’t mean places but people. We are world before we are men. We are souls connected to each other who find each other each time, who are reborn in continuation. This is why the most impactful and meaningful experiences that help dominate my work are life stories, especially those that people are afraid to tell.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
CB – It is difficult to be able to consider yourself an artist today. Although the promotional or dissemination channels in the sector have expanded, there is no real attention and interest on the part of people in art.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
CB – The main theme, the one I always start from, regardless of the collection I conceive and develop, is emotion. I feel it, I listen to it, and I let it pervade me completely, subsequently, I release it by throwing it on the canvas. As I said before, we are worlds before we are men so what I am interested in doing, through my works, is to tell about these worlds. Only then do I have the certainty of having contributed to creating a work of art. In the specific case of the “Disturbo Collection”, I deal with the theme of psycho-physical discomfort and mental disorders.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
CB – My art is like me: instinctive and impulsive, I don’t like constraints, but it is also true, it has no structures, it is not built. It is conceived, yes. In a sense, therefore, my art is me. My medium is water. When I swim it is as if I were exploring new territories and then re-emerging and recounting them. In this year of the Pandemic, I missed it a lot so I drew from secondary sources such as music, reading and, when possible, from long walks in the open countryside here in Emilia. I love my land, it can teach me so much!
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
CB – I really like your vision of art and how you manage to express the passion that binds you to it. I admired the taste and the overall vision of the curator and director Luca Curci. The theme gave me many foods for thought that will certainly contribute to the development of future works.
LC – 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?
CB – For this occasion, I decided to bring a work entitled “Disincarnazione” linked to my latest collection “Disturbo”. It is a female face and its title is named after a cognitive personality disorder. I think it is completely integrated with the theme of the festival because I too try to deepen, in a certain sense, the relationship between body and space, the hybridization between identity and cultural, physical, social, urban contexts in contemporary time. Probably my vision or version is more aimed at investigating the emotional side and consequently has a more intimate approach but I think it is really in line and that is why I decided to apply.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
CB – I immediately felt good vibes from the organization and have always received maximum availability.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
CB – Impeccable service, attention to detail and a lot of attention to the fittings. Reliability and professionalism not taken for granted. I was sorry not to be able to participate more actively in the festival but I would like there to be other opportunities in the future to collaborate again.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CB – Absolutely yes! From extraordinary locations within an amazing context like the city of Venice to spaces abroad, passing through a well-trained and competent staff. ITSLIQUID GROUP offers truly unique and advantageous opportunities.