Interview: Federico Alcaro
Luca Curci talks with Federico Alcaro during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
I am an architect based artist. During my practice as an architect I approached from the first moments the graphic representation of phenomena of modern society. The process that I follow starts from a current issue which, in my opinion, requires attention to improve our life (and the environment) and the life of future generations. Through the Digital Collage of 19th century illustrations and contemporary photos the final images are always quite critical and provocative in the form of dystopias with an architectural connotation full of symbols and icons. Moreover, the use of contemporary elements to break the rhythm of the illustrations makes the image more contextualized to the present day so as to mark the actuality of the themes expressed.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Federico Alcaro – I don’t have a specific artistic background, I am an architect and I work in the social field, in emergency contexts and developing countries. The experience that has influenced my works the most was the time I spent in Sudan for my thesis project; there I had the chance to focus more deeply on some of my research themes. This experience led me to observe situations out of my ordinary life. Since then, I tried to grasp and represent those events that characterized our everyday life which sometimes we do not pay much attention to.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
FA – I am currently working on subjects that represents issues of contemporary life, problems within the society, within the relationships between people and between people and the context they live in; but also about possible scenarios in connection with those human relations and human nature in general that may develop over time.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
FA – The hardest part is trying to send a message through images that do not necessarily have something in common with one another. What I try to do is make the audience project themselves in a certain situation, make them feel and absorb that critical inputs and make it their own, and maybe also think about how we live.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
FA – Generally, they aren’t. Some of them deal with a similar theme but I do not usually stick to a specific one. Instead, I always range between different themes based on the topic I am interested in in that particular moment.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
FA – I have the chance to develop research in addressing the most diverse range of issues, also thanks to my job. These researches allow me to study some phenomena that are about contemporary life, that are sometimes recognized but ignored by people. The inspiration may also come from what happens in the world so, thanks to all the means of communication we have today, if there is a certain issue that catches my attention – and that I think that should catch also everyone else’s attention – I take it, focus on it and turn it into an artwork. So this becomes a sort of research in the everyday life, ever-evolving and in line with modern living.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
FA – About the theme of the festival “BORDERS”, I think it is a fundamental one which people should pay more and more attention to, and I think that they inevitably will in the next few years. That’s why the theme of the boundaries has always been highly topical since it defines cycles of life, limits, regulates and pushes them in order to find out and discover new meanings exceeding that limit itself. I believe that the border as a concept is essential to develop new ways of conceiving human beings in their relations with themselves, others and the world around them. Pushing oneself limits and going beyond the borders means breaking free from a situation that is forced on you, discovering a particularly satisfying freedom, but it also means to discover new borders and limits that define new situations, circumstances and possibilities that were unknown until that moment.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
FA – My works are never developed for a specific field or upon requests or calls; reading your call, I noticed that some of my works could say something about the main theme of the exhibition. And this is also one of the points my work focuses on: the constant reinterpretation of the images and of their meanings. My artworks do not have a unique, unambiguous and forced meaning, but they have a main significance to which other meanings that may or may not belong to the main theme lead.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
FA – Yes, ITSLIQUID GROUP has been very professional in the research and development of the exhibition and in conveying the artists’ vision to the audience.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
FA – I think that the services provided by ITSLIQUID GROUP are adequate to the artist’s support, starting from the selection call until the exhibition and beyond.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
FA – I think it was organized in the best way possible, given the special times we are living in.