Interview: Giancarlo Alberti
Luca Curci talks with Giancarlo Alberti during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY – 3RD EDITION, at Valid World Hall Gallery.
“He researches every day in painting, filtering it through a joyful and ironic magical realism, sometimes tinged with melancholy but never pessimistic atmospheres. Influenced by colours and iconographic sources from the Latin world, Mexican painting (Rivera, Kahlo), Colombian (Carlos Jacanamijoy) and Cuban contemporary art (Stainless art group, Roberto Fabelo), the artist investigates a “beyond” in the mundane, where dream situations pass for plausible, and vice versa. An upside-down world where nightmare mingles with dreams, vision with hallucination, and visual perception is dissolved into mental vision: a partial, refracted image, as if it were a representation of involuntary memory, as fallacious as, despite everything, a truthful filter of reality and, above all, unique because personal.”
Luca Curci – What’s your background?
Giancarlo Alberti – I studied Philosophy and afterwards worked in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
GA – Living in NYC, studying at the Art Students League.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
GA – Trying to tell some stories of my life and people that are close to me through art.
LC – What is your creative process like?
GA – I concentrate on a single moment that can gather the common symbols or elements that are key to a specific image that tells something important and reproduces it on the canvas.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
GA – Political and social changes; ironic symbolism on contemporary reality.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
GA – Less of mystery and more of politics and lobby; Susceptibility to fashion and money, conditions that I certainly try to avoid.
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? GA – The beauty of friendship and an intimate party against the odds of a global health crisis.
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?
GA – It was created in the summer of 2020 between the first and second wave of the pandemics, it was done spontaneously and not for an exhibition in particular, but it is part of a creative burst I had last year during confinement.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
GA – It seems beneficial for emerging artists and networking.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
GA – I think so.