Interview: Roberto Cami
Luca Curci talks with Roberto Cami during BODIES + CITIES SKIN, the first appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Since 2008, Roberto Cami devotes himself to photography and digital art, in a more meaningful way, beginning his research in visual art starting from architecture, building yard and design in which he started his first job opportunities. In the same time, he developed projects in different areas with a strong conceptual component, approaching other techniques and expression forms. He was born in Genoa, where he obtained a degree in Architecture. Thanks to this studies he developed a deeper understanding of the space and the relation between people and the environment. Now he works and lives in Bologna.
He is interested in life as “working in progress”, like the evolution of human being, the natural and urban places. He looks for connections between “inside” and “outside” through the human nature, the nature of things and the natural environment. Roberto Cami searches to satisfy his curiosity and his attention using different techniques and languages depending on the moment or the project that interests him, preferring to investigate.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Roberto Cami – According to me, art is like a surface on which objects emerge from complex and agitated depths, in which innumerable energies and activities flow, twist, collide and dissolve. “Things” that float then wait to be found and possessed.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
RC – I was born and raised in a small seaside town and I was closely connect with this reality. The environmental conditions, the depth of the sea and the variety of the seabed, as well as the fact that I spent my childhood and adolescence with many friends, have made me a sensitive person. At the same time and above all for these reasons, some circumstances that particularly struck me made me rather reflective. Since I was a child, photography has played an important and interesting role for me. My father transmitted me the passion for photography. The most significant experience for me was my degree in architecture, which allowed me to learn new things and to look for a different interpretation and representation. To give new meanings to the relationships between people, things and spaces.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
RC – I don’t know exactly. From observation, from unexpected things, from the search for beauty. Moreover, reflection and emotion often lead me to be reflective on myself, giving origin to new projects.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
RC – Maybe I was initially more focused on architecture and the act of construction, but now I am involved in other themes. Central themes for me are always the nature and the relationships between the animal and plant world, as you can see in the Hybrid Generation digital photography collection.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
RC – In my opinion, artists have always left a proof of how they lived their own era. But it’s a very complex subject and very difficult to deal with. Let’s say that in general artists express or describe something that attract the attention of the public and stimulate him with emotions, reactions and reflections. I think that contemporary art is interesting because it can strengthen this bond, this relationship between the artist, his work and the observer, as it lives in the same historical period.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
RC – MY HOME, is a project that under its unique form of the House, connects introspectively the individual and the collective sphere with the limits of one’s self and one’s home. The internal and external limit of one’s self, is also rendered by the opening/window and the borders of these 7 different “pieces/situations”, which people can rediscover through the terrible pandemic period. It has been formed by: Escape, Repulsion, Indifference, Together, Memory, Spirit, All Together.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
RC – I believe that my work interprets well the theme of the exhibition because it allowed me to investigate the limits of the individual and the existence and their mutual interactions.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
RC – It’s the first time that I participate in an art fair with ITSLIQUID GROUP. I believe so, I hope so. Unfortunately it’s difficult for artists to make themselves known and to start a professional career. According to me, ITSLIQUID GROUP wants to have a more dynamic approach.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
RC – I found your team serious and helpful. Unfortunately I could not be present at the exhibition. I hope you have had good feedback and that my work has been appreciated by the public.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
RC – I think that ITSLIQUID Platform is well organized. I also like the articles published on the website and the exhibition organized in Venice and in other venues.