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Interview: Roberta Doria Marroquin

Interviews | April 22, 2015 |

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Interview: Roberta Doria Marroquin

Luca Curci talks with artist Roberta Doria Marroquin during Contemporary Venice exhibition.

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Roberta Marroquín Doria is a photographer currently living in New York City. Since 2010 Roberta, has been working on a photographic project, Dans le Noir”, which is an extension of her previous body of work, “Underneath Light.” This group of photographs derives from a similar worldview, the two disparate cultures that coexist in my native Mexico: modern Christianity and the still-pervasive ancient Indian beliefs. Roberta arrived in NYC in the summer of 2008 to pursue a One-Year Certificate Program at the International Center of Photography. After she received her degree, in June 2009, she worked on a project, “Underneath Light”, which draws on the indigenbous Mexican beliefs in spirits that still commingle with Christianity.

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In the summer of 2000, she headed to Paris, holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Science from Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico. Roberta received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Parsons School of Design in Paris in May of 2005. In her interaction with other cultures, Roberta has been in a constant search to create images that serves as mirrors, that allows her to contemplate the world around her. The resulting photographs, she realizes, are not simple documentary images. They are a reflection of herself. In her vision on the real and the fantastical that coexist in ordinary life, her work falls squarely in the Latin American tradition of “Magical Realism“.

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Luca Curci – Your work was exhibited during Contemporary Venice exhibition in Venice on December 2014: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?

Roberta Doria Marroquin – It was not able to be present during the time of the show. The team of International ArtExpo did an amazing job in keeping each and every artist, including me, on the loop with precise details about the opening night, press releases, images of the event and the beautiful feedback of the public. In a personal note, It felt like if I had the chance of being there all the time. I felt honored I was chosen to be part of this extraordinary experience.

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L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

R. D. M. – This body of work called “Phersu” its about the mask or appearance each human presents to the world. The festival was focus on the theme “Identities” and this particle body of works speaks about the multiple identities we human can have. The seemingly normal scenarios and characters undergo a metamorphosis during the process of shooting in the dark. In my search of the uncanny, I use photography as a support of the imaginary and light is my tool. My domains of predilection are spaces filled with darkness and with light I unveil a new universe, which unfolds through the viewer’s imagination.

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?

R. D. M. – I am currently working in a new series called “Deep down the dark”, where I create my own narrative of the night, and generate ephemeral moments of profound meaning. I explore the mysterious, the sublime, the unexpected, the often obscure and unnoticed; some of those hidden meanings that lie on the edge of consciousness. As such, my photographs become polymorphic entities. In my photos, I become the Shaman, the seer, the healer, and the magician, divining spirits and revealing what remains unseen under ordinary light.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

R. D. M. – Art for me is like falling in love. Its were heart and passion meet.

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L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?

R. D. M. – Its a very serious and prestigious organization with a beautiful mission, helping artist sharing their message to the world. In my personal experience I can speak very highly of them and I am very fond of their work and professionalism.

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L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

R. D. M. – Definitely yes. Its a platform that gives artist like me, new opportunities to the art world. Thanks to ArtExpo new opportunities arises for the emerging art community, world wide.

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