Interview: German Castro Garavito | ITSLIQUID

Interview: German Castro Garavito

Interviews | January 8, 2019 |

Interview: German Castro GaravitoImage courtesy of German Castro Garavito
Interview: German Castro Garavito

Luca Curci talks with the artist German Castro Garavito during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives.

I think one comes to life to resolve a question, in my case there was always a concern about knowing what is the Origin. In my childhood, I was always passionate by clay modelling that at that time was oriented towards the Monstrous, the Ludic, the Phantasmagoric. At that time, my mother used to give me books about dinosaurs; those were part of my imagery and aroused my interest for this fantastic world. That is why in my artistic work as an adult, I look forward to maintain this connection with my essence, with the visceral, trying always to resolve the initial question. This way, my artwork does not evolve in a linear way, but more like a present continuous, a succession of now.


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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
German Castro Garavito – To describe art I would return to the etymological definition of the word “Paint” that is “to fix what is alive”. The felines fighting andhunting scenarios I represent are a pretext to capture this breath of life that escapes from us.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
GCG – I don’t believe in referents. With the savage felines scenes I look forward to rescue the gestural strength of clay modelling, something that has accompanied me since I was 3 or 4 years old. For me this is a way of anchoring art into myself without looking to belong to any artistic trend. I consider that postmodernity, full of innovation and limelight from the artists, looks more like a big city seen from above, there is so much movement that finally it looks stagnant and there is no difference between one art or the other.


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LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
GCG – Humanize the world, make it more human. The search for beauty is inherent to human beings. In this sense, my artistic expression struggles between to opposite poles; on one side animal’s predation which is inherent to the fight to survive, and on the other the aesthetical pleasure proper of contemplative life.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration? 
GCG – I am inspired by animals, as manifestations of Creation. One characteristic of the art I produce is animism, which is previous to rational and scientific cognition. With this, art becomes the first step on the way to knowledge.


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LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
GCG – When I was at the National University of Colombia, I was submerged into abstract expressionism, looking in a certain way to belong to an artistic field. When I was finishing my studies, my thesis director, Miguel Ángel Rojas, saw a sculpture I had made before entering the university and told me not to waste anymore time with paint that my path was in sculpture. From that time I preserve the strength of my plastic expression. The position as artist has changed, and with this the way of doing art, but the essence remains, the visceral point where art emanates, from the depths of my being.


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LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
GCG – Identity is proper to nations, is what defines them as what they are. Along with it comes the artist integrity. Colombia is a multicultural country, since the pre-Columbian era the indigenous Muiscas where characterized by their ability to adapt to different geographic backgrounds. However, the actual Colombian reality through it’s education is different, because it is excessively influenced by external tendencies like those of Europe or other countries. There is no love for its own cultural background as it exists in other Latin-American countries like Mexico. This is one of the main reasons why I do what I do. 


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LC – In which way the artwork presented in the event is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
GCG – Felines are the principal subject of my work. The scenes of fighting and hunting are a pretext to rescue the gestural strength of the modelling, something that has accompanied me thorough all my life. Identity is one of the principal concerns of my work as an artist, even if in the case of the artwork exposed, the drawing represents tigers, not Colombian representative felines.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
GCG – I think it is very useful, and ITSLIQUID team is absolutely correct. Italy is practically considered as the cradle of our culture, so it was truly significant for me that I was the only artist chosen from Latin-America, along with Fabio Salun of Brazil.


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LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GCG – A lot. All flowed naturally, at the time of the demarches for the exhibition I was out of Bogota attending other engagements, but the understanding and compromise of ITSLIQUID team allowed everything to run smoothly.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
GCG – Colombia’s cultural field is very provincial. The opportunity of confronting my art with many artists from all over the world is very significant; I think this was an important step for my career.


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