Interview: Micaela Aljovín
Luca Curci talks with Micaela Aljovín during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Micaela Aljovín (Lima, 1969) studied Arts at Corriente Alterna School of Visual Arts and graduated with a Silver Medal, after a long trajectory working as a lawyer. Her work evokes Peruvian social history through the exercise of memory, which addresses the everyday, the domestic, education and the conception of the Nation as construction. For this reason, many of her proposals are installations composed of fractional pieces, which allude to social division, as well as to the possibility of integration and construction of a whole with its parts. The choice of materials responds to Aljovín’s process of searching and experimentation, thus metal and adobe acquire a symbolic dimension when transformed. She is also a member of the Andamio collective (2019), a platform oriented to dialogue and reflection of the artistic practice and collaborative processes, which respond to her special interest in artistic processes of a relational nature.
Luca Curci – What’s your background?
Micaela Aljovín – I am a visual artist graduated in 2018 from Corriente Alterna School of Visual Arts in Lima, Perú. Before that, I worked for 15 years as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors. I also have a Master’s Degree in Human Resources.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
MA – If I had to reflect upon the word experience, I would say that the one that influenced my work the most is the experience of growing in a country with such harsh social inequities as well as political and economic fluctuations. Indeed, this experience has influenced my interest in the social, political and economic history of Perù that is portrayed in my work.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
MA – I think that my current artistic practice is art per se. Most of the time, I make sculptures, installations and collages. But I like to experiment, so I am open to exploring more artistic media and widening my practice. For this fair, I am presenting a video that I hold very dear, not only because of the social and historic nuances but also because it pictures the vast artistic processes that were involved in the making of this piece. From conceptualization to drawing and design, as well as the learning of the adobe technique, installation, photography, video, sound, editing, etc.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular?
MA – Through art, most of the time I am able to express my concern for the social, economic and political matters of my country.
LC – What is your creative process like?
MA – My creative process has a lot of stages. It includes investigation, exploration with materials and colour, drawing, design, architectural plans, printing, paper collage, development, finishing, etc
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MA – It is very difficult. Because of the global pandemic due to Covid-19, most workplaces related to art are closed or the access is limited. Nonetheless, I have not stopped working. Right now, I am working for a personal exhibition in Lima, Peru’s capital. This exhibition initially had to be held in March but, because of the current political and sanitary circumstances, it has been delayed to the end of April. Also, due to pandemics, unfortunately, I am unable to travel to Venice for the fair because it is such a high risk If I have not been vaccinated. In Peru, vaccination to date is uncertain. We do not know when would all the people get vaccinated, if this year or next. On the other hand, it is certain to say that this last year and still, people are living more inside their home and some are interested in art and pursue new artwork, so that at least is something appealing for us, the artists. Life goes on and we should all try to continue and never lose hope. As Einstein said: “Life is like riding a bicycle to keep balance you must keep moving”.
LC – Can you explain something about the video work you have in our exhibition?
MA – The video in the exhibition is called Rompecabezas Perú, in English Puzzles Peru (2018). It consists of a video that alludes to the artistic experience of Rompecabezas Peru, a collaborative process that was proposed through play with students from a public school in Lima, allowing an experiential, liberating learning experience portraying the Peruvian ancestral wisdom of the elaboration of adobe for construction; an experience that was intended for the children to capture the identity of each Peruvian department, according to their own knowledge.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival?
MA – I think that the festival is a great opportunity nowadays for all artists around the world for the way it is proposed, held, and organized which makes it possible to participate if selected.
LC -How did it inspire you?
MA – The places where it takes place are a great inspiration and are very encouraging for all artists since Italy is the mecca of art and design.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MA – It is very well organized and the staff is very kind and proactive.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us?
MA – Indeed, I will suggest it.
LC – What do you think about our services?
MA – Regarding the experience I had online, it has been excellent.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MA – Yes, indeed. I think that ITSLIQUID GROUP opens a great opportunity for all artists to show their work in another market different from their own.