Interview: Pedro Gajardo
Luca Curci talks with Pedro Gajardo during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Born in France and coming from a path of exile and permanent migration between his “native” country and his land of origin, Pedro offers us in his work an interpretation of contemporary notions of displacement, borders, identity, the daily political construction of fraternity and equality, human rights… He is college graduate in Plastic Arts from the University of Paris VIII and has deepened his understanding of art as a tool for mediation and social bonding through his studies of Master degree in Contemporary Art, and a Master degree in Artistic Pedagogy, at the University of Paris VIII and the University of Paris Panthéon Sorbonne, respectively. However, for Pedro, the discovery of art as a societal expression began to be forged with the artistic practice of wood sculpture, work in jewelry, and the design of spaces and furniture in France and Chile before his university career. The experimentation of different materials and means of expression give shape to his current proposal, tracing a path of artistic and conceptual migrations and displacements, both individual and collective.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Pedro Gajardo – Currently my work revolves around the experience of population displacement or migration in the plural.
LC – What’s your background? Which experience has most influenced your work?
PG – I am a son of exile, marked by permanent migrations between my “native” land and my land of origin.
LC – What is your creative process?
PG – I always start with a subject that touches, disturbs or revolts me.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
PG – At present, conditions are not simple for anyone and artistic creation, like any other profession, is impacted.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
PG – My interests generally target human rights, political, economic and societal issues.
LC – What do you think of the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
PG – I really like the concepts chosen and the questioning in relation to identities, limits and borders. These are subjects that speak to me and touch me personally.
LC – What is the message related to the video you have presented in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
PG – With this work I try to highlight and highlight the conditions of host migration and the constraints linked to population movements.
LC – Did you enjoy your cooperation with us?
PG – Completely.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
PG – You put forward and offer a platform and showcase for unknown artists. You have an initiative that works. Thank you and congratulations.