Interview: Laura Orrego
Luca Curci talks with Laura Orrego during Venice International Art Fair 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Laura Orrego, was born in 1994 in the city of Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. With a few years of life, he moved with his family to Medellín, the city where she currently lives. Medellín is a place known for its mountains, beautiful landscapes and an incredible weather, called “The city of eternal spring“. If you ask Laura how she would like to live her life, the answer would always be based on experiences, this way of life is owed to her parents, who have encouraged her and accompanied her since she was little to discover the world, allowing her to meet her own country and get to know hundreds of cultures around the world. After graduating as an architect, she traveled to Paris to do an internship at Offcina Architecture, dedicated to restoration; later he traveled to Barcelona to do a master’s degree in design and production of spaces at the University of Catalonia. She also finds beauty in simplicity, also in abundance. Always looking for different ways of understanding the world, understanding and rescuing the multiculturalism that inhabits it, seeing it as a constantly changing space, where art and the way of inhabiting it are creating different realities all the time. Her experiences and the way she perceives the world, as a dynamic space, have managed to make her pieces something of her own. For her, architecture has become something more than a profession, she has appropriated it to her style and transformed it into a sensory and human experience, where she seeks, through it, to generate changes in the consciousness and behaviors of people. humans, as individuals and as a society.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Laura Orrego – Art is a way of expressing feelings, it is a way of shouting to the world what I think and what I feel. I believe that through art we manage to share with the world what is inside our heart, it is physical magic that sometimes we can see, touch and other times simply feel.
LC – What are you currently working on?
LO – I am currently working as an architect in an international studio located in Florence, Italy. At the same time I developing a personal project as an artist and architect which will be exhibited in a private place at the beginning of December 2020 in Medellin, Colombia. the theme is: life and how the decisions we make impact us.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
LO – I consider that the artist is a channel between the world of ideas and reality. He/she is a facilitator of feelings and emotions, he/she is almost like a magician, which helps society to see things differently and expand his mind to see things that only appeared in his dreams. As for contemporary art, I consider it a way of having fun, it is pure distraction for society, it is a way of attracting a new public to the culture.
LC – What is your creative process like?
LO – My training as an architect has helped me to organize the development process of the different projects, however, My creative process varies a lot, it can simply start from a conceptual theme that I want to develop, from there I start to draw what I want to generate and start the search for how to materialize the idea. Other times I just go out into the street and see a material, a texture, a smell that catches my attention, at this moment my head starts working and thinking about how to provide a sensory experience to a user.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
LO – Of course, for me the visitors or the person who lives the work is too important because if I don’t manage to convey some feeling to them, be it fear, happiness, anguish, euphoria, etc., my work would have no meaning.
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?
LO – It is a way of saying that there are no limits, that even if we find ourselves in difficult moments, confined to a specific place, our mind can always free us from confinement and show us the different worlds and realities that exist. It is my version of a museum in a pandemic, a whole world inside our house, a different story in every corner of it, the moment to rediscover the place we inhabit and that shelters us in difficult times. A WORLD INSIDE YOUR FRIDGE!
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
LO – I agree with your vision of art and I am grateful to you for creating a way to bring art from all over the world by emerging artists and share it with society. I think that the theme of the festival was precise for the moment in which we are and continue to live, 2020 has been a different year without a doubt and there are many things to reflect on this, so I consider that the theme was appropriate at the time.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
LO – Unfortunately, I could not attend due to the pandemic, because my country had closed borders. In the same way, I was connected to social media watching everything that happened.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
LO – Yes, I would recommend a collaboration with you, however I think that people who carry out video art projects should be explained how their project will be exposed and in what dimensions, to be clear if it is a projection or is exposed in a television, this is very important because it gives a different scale in front of the visitor and it totally changes the feeling of the project.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
LO – I believe that you are a team that helps emerging artists to publicize their projects throughout the world in the most iconic places recognized for their art and culture.