Interview: Rebeca Segura Rahme
Luca Curci talks with Rebeca Segura Rahme during Venice International Art Fair 2021 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Rebeca Segura Rahme was born on the 15th of September of 1977 in Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico. She is currently residing in the southern region of the country, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. She studied at the University of Las America’s Puebla where she got her degree as a graphic designer and also received a certificate in painting. Throughout her trajectory as a visual artist, she has had the opportunity to meet and know great teachers such as German Montalvo, Rolf Seul, Carlos Arias, and with the same thirst for learning, her academic growth has been increasing, enriching her in various ways, as is the case of the workshop “Conceptualizaciòn Basic de Proyectos de Arte” by Mtro. Daniel Ruanova and mtra. Mely Barragàn (2018), workshop “Mercado del Arte e Introducciòn al Coleccionismo” by mtra. Elvira Rilova (2018), B.A. in Art History by Dr. James Portoraro (2017), workshop “Autocrìtica” by mtra. Magali Lara (2017), painting workshop by mtro. Akio Hanafuji Ueda (2015-2016), painting workshop by mtro. Raùl Lopez Raloga (2021-2014).
Luca Curci – What’s your background?
Rebeca Segura Rahme – Since I was a child I started on the path of art, then, at the college, I studied painting and graphic design, I was acquired techniques that would be supportive and then I decided not to follow those rules and starting my own pictorial language.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
RSR – The experience that smudged my life has been to have repressed my creative way for so many years. I put aside the art, while without realizing it I was mutilating my own happiness, until I decided to rediscover my creative power that today, for me, is as vital as breathing.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
RSR – I like to work on several projects at the same time, however, there is a theme that has me trapped. In art I’ve found a way to raise my voice through brushstrokes and colors, now my attention is focused on giving the spotlight to women in Mexico, my country, who have experienced gender violence, enhancing their efforts and paths in an honor roll, that makes us feel proud of who we are.. women.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
RSR – I don’t call it inspiration, the engine that drives me to paint is simply the need of my soul to shout my experiences and perceptions to the universe. Art acts as a filter that alchemy transforms the artist’s emotions in magic.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
RSR – I really enjoy empowering souls that go through awakening processes. From hitting rock bottom to tasting the glory of being yourself.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
RSR – It’s important to have a dialogue with the work, you must have the sensitivity to know how to listen to it, let’s say it’s teamwork between the concept that wants to come to light and the satisfaction of your heart. When you do a wonderful job, your entire soul trembles when facing the canvas.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
RSR – A small sample of the “goddesses” series, exhibited in Venice, talks about dignifying Medusa’s identity, there are some versions of her story, none of them endorse how things happened in Greek mythology. However, I decided to put a fairer spin on his past. Medusa was a beautiful gorgon who was sexually abused by Poseidon. Athena burned in jealousy and let all her anger fall on the young woman, giving her the curse of not being able to see any man in the eyes, in addition to transforming her precious hair into snakes… the question is, who really was the monster, Medusa or Athena?
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
RSR – The entire ITSLIQUID GROUP team did a great job. Luca Curci has had a great vision of opening exhibition spaces for artists from all over the world in a magnetic art forum. Giulia Tassi has been my advisor who showed great commitment and dedication to publicizing my work at the Venezia Art Fair.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
RSR – Yes, it was very pleasant to share such an emblematic forum with talented colleagues.