Interview: Lucia Ravens
Luca Curci talks with Lucia Ravens during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES, the second and third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Lucia Ravens is an image-maker, storyteller, and international award-winning photographer, her work presently focuses on our planet’s natural resources by developing creative initiatives that address and illuminate environmental issues. She has cultivated a diverse practice ranging from photography, installations, sculptural photography, performance, and ‘art with purpose’ projects which encourage her audience to question societal norms about the stewardship of the natural environment and to develop an awareness to champion solutions. Her endeavors draw upon the philosophy of ecology to explore intersections between issues of ecological and social sustainability, examining the impact of sense of place, dissolution of form, and displacement on the contemporary cultural dynamic. Ravens inspirits the viewer’s perceptions and expectations, resignifying cultural cursors, and re-calibrating the day-to-day with the extraordinary. Her lens-based sculptures ‘Portrait of Peace and ‘Cut’ reveal the evolution of her artistic praxis. Focusing on the camera as a tool she draws attention to the relations between photography, sculpture, and art history of the 20th and 21st centuries. Lucia acknowledges the influence of photography with its technical possibilities and its potential for discerning the condition of objects and space, contributes vastly and will continue to contribute to the change in the aesthetic of sculpture.
Luca Curci – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in the Future Landscapes exhibition?
Lucia Ravens – Environmental based art explores humans’ relations to nature. It re-envisions that relationship for a healthier environment. The artistic gesture FLOW examines the notions of vulnerability and sustainability. The work has been designed to highlight Lidar photography and the benefits it will have on our Future Landscapes. The message is in the medium. The visualization of Lidar Data of the Po River and the Venice lagoon is brought into play in FLOW. The light, design and data are working together in this sculpture to explore design thinking and the tools required to meet social, economic and climate change challenges now and in our future landscapes. We are nurtured by a living earth. We must give priority to earth’s care to protect our future landscapes for future generations. FLOW offers an atmosphere full of hope to imagine a different world where humanity, nature and technology join to champion solution for a climate positive future.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibitions?
LR – The color-fields which fill the space with the glistening reflective lidar light were designed to flourish on the interplay between the art, architecture and the surrounding water. Architectural installations through their grandness have the power to bring about wonderment to their surroundings and to the audience, this was my intention when designing the work for the monument. The aim of FLOW was to highlight water as a priceless resource and to inspirit the protection of water sources globally. What better place to have this light sculpture realized, than, within the historical context of the floating city of Venice Italy.
LC – What is your background and how has it influenced your work?
LR – I was brought up to revere multi-cultural traditions and customs and traveled often to visit my father’s homeland of Peru and my mother’s family in Poland. I think that type of upbringing brought about opportunity to learnand understand the positive impact diversity can have to the development and dynamism of one’s art sensibilities. The exposure to multi-cultural languages, music and the arts at an early age was a wonderful way to be introduced to the impact that curiosity and critical thinking can have. My multi-cultural family life enlightened me to the traditions, rights and needs of others. As an artist, effective communication and problem solving abilities go hand in hand with the development of one’s work. The quality of an artist’s life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought, our memories and our background. My education, artistic training and professional art experiences span the fields of the biological sciences, fine art, design photography, theatre arts and Film and TV.
LC – What is art for you?
LR – Art is the ‘eyes of time’. The expression of ‘that moment’ in time, made to stand still, through the artist eyes, whether it addresses natural beauty, sound and feelings or political, social, economic and environmental justice. The way of the world influences art and artistic statements. Art stops us in our tracks and tells us about a society, a culture, a universe. Art archives moments in time in a profound way, from the epic to the minutiae of everyday life. Artists and art movements throughout history were influenced by the occurrences and developments within the society they were immersed in. Art is visual hope, it’s an increase in life, it stimulates our consciousness. Art is happening moment to moment right before our eyes…artists have and will continue to captured those moments of life through the interpretation of movement, space, sound, form, time and light.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival?
LR – This festival brings together international artists. We all cross borders to be here, literally and figuratively. Festivals like this with its international scope of talent; allow artists to be ‘contemplatives in action’ questioning our work on behalf of environmental, global, social and climate justice, as well as, beauty to stimulate dialogue with each other and the world at large.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
LR – Your platform cares about art, the artist, diversity and creating a setting where we can all come together to carry on a dialogue about one another’s work and as well as express important global issues. The tremendous work which goes into producing a show is evident. Your email communications have always been informative and professional. Thank you.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
LR – Yes, I think they do. The diversity of artists from around the globe is remarkable. Itsliquid Group really does an amazing job on the exhibitions. It is truly noted that art is important to those that work at your group. You are all attentive to an artist questions and requests. The team at Itsliquid Group elevates the term ‘cultural workers’ to new heights!