Interview: Gudrun Latten
Luca Curci talks with Gudrun Latten during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Since 2014 Gudrun Latten has shown her photographs and videos in Venice (Italy), New York (USA), Los Angeles (USA), Paris (France), London (UK) and other countries. For some years she has taught art at a German high school. She has also won several awards for her photographs. Internationally, she has been selected for various interviews, catalogues and magazines. She has already published several essays and texts in the scientific field of Art History and in the field of Art Criticism. Currently, she works on scientific and non-scientific publications, and on her own art. “I work so much because I am bored all the time”.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Gudrun Latten – Art is the most important part of my daily life. I often visit exhibits and listen to lectures and speeches in museums and other institutions. I am interested in architecture, photography and contemporary art. I read books about art and for many years now I have collected words out of magazines, catalogues, flyers and I have written two new books. I am about to publish them. I collected nice words out of literature, too. Then, I put them in a Word document. On various pages, some words on page 20, thereafter one word on page 2 or 4 and then I develop a narration. One of the books is about the creation of a new universe made out of colours and light. And I have planned fantastic cities for the new universe.
LC – What are you currently working on?
GL – I have many projects I work on: the books, my research, I am publishing a scientific essay about Giorgio de Chirico, and I participate in a few exhibits. I work on a new video which is a bit different than my other videos. It is with crimes and picture parts by R. Magritte.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
GL – That is an important role! Artists develop new ideas and techniques; artists are responsible for progress.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
GL – It is fun. The museums and reproductions of art in books are better and one can go to museums. See the art of other artists – it is great!
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
GL – It has been sometimes quite difficult for me to learn new programmes. I had planned to learn a new programme as I want to make a video similar to video games. I want to make it about architecture – it would be a fantastic architecture! Architecture which cannot build because of the static problems or material and so on. I have taught architecture in a German high school and hence I know how to plan light in a building.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
GL – Well, the themes for the festivals have always corresponded very good to my art. With my photographs, I try to create new colours. With the LEDs, it works better. I have started to write my own colour theory.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
GL – In my video, one can see the Venus by Botticelli and her body language is quite impressing. THE BODY LANGUAGE of the other women I have selected is the greatest of all times, take Marylin Monroe as an example – MM is an icon! Hence this video fits quite good!
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Group?
GL – The events which ITSLIQUID Group organizes are great each time! It is interesting to read the texts on the platform. Above all, I like the interviews with other artists.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
GL – What I like about ITSLIQUID Group is that it is international. Today, such an international exchange is better than ever since the Internet. This is important for progress in society, and politics.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GL – I have cooperated with ITSLIQUID Group several times during the past years. Now, there has been a pause for about two years because I was writing two new books in German. This winter I had time to produce a new video that is called Forbidden Beauty. Beauty not for all. Beauty for all.