INTERVIEW: WHITTYGORDON PROJECTS | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: WHITTYGORDON PROJECTS

Interviews | June 2, 2022 |

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Image courtesy of WhittyGordon Projects 

Interview: WhittyGordon Projects
Luca Curci talks with WhittyGordon Projects during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of the ANIMA MUNDI 2022 art fair, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello and Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal.

WhittyGordon Projects are visual artists and filmmakers, Fiona Whitty and Jenny Gordon. We met at Chelsea College of Art in 2009 and set up WhittyGordon Projects in 2011. Fiona is Irish and Jenny is British/Jamaican. We are women from different backgrounds yet share common values and ethos. We are especially interested in working in underdeveloped areas and cities. WhittyGordon look at people and culture. We communicate the hopes and struggles of lives and communities trying to grapple with modern-day living. Our work draws upon many aspects of the human condition, identity, diaspora, and migration. WhittyGordon offers unique arts participatory projects with hard-to-reach audiences and communities in London and internationally by breaking down barriers between art and social issues, encouraging people to tap into their creativity.

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Image courtesy of WhittyGordon Projects 

Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
WhittyGordon Projects – WhittyGordon Projects are visual artists and filmmakers, Fiona Whitty and Jenny Gordon. We met at Chelsea College of Art in 2009. Fiona is Irish and Jenny is British/Jamaican. We are both women from different backgrounds yet share common values and ethos. We are interested in looking at people and culture. We started collaborating during our MA at Chelsea College of Art by hosting salons and pop-up exhibitions across London. We are also interested in how art can be more accessible and how beauty can be found in the everyday.

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
WGP – We are both visual artists and met at university. Fiona was coming from a socially engaged and video background. Jenny comes from a Fine Art painting background and also makes her own short films. WhittyGordon Projects combines our collective interests in social and economic issues affecting modern-day living, using visual arts and moving images as our chosen medium.

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Image courtesy of WhittyGordon Projects 

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
WGP – Our artwork usually focuses on the hopes and struggles of people and communities trying to grapple with modern-day living, whatever that may be. Our current work focuses on the theme of aging. We are especially interested in working in underdeveloped areas and cities.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
WGP – Our style hasn’t changed much over the years. Our work has always been processing and participant-led. We pick a theme or story we are interested in and go on a journey without a pre-defined outcome in mind.

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Image courtesy of WhittyGordon Projects 

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
WGP – Finding and engaging with protagonists for our films can be a difficult process. Achieving the level of intimacy needed can be challenging as it’s a long and slow process of building relationships. Our work sometimes blurs the boundaries between art and documentary, which can often make it difficult to categorize.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
WGP – We agree with your vision of art and think the theme is appropriate. In the current climate, we need to become more conscious of our ever-changing environment, developing a more coherent connection between the art world and reality.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
WGP – For the Consciousness exhibition, we loved the way you explained how the exhibition explores the hidden connection between the soul and the body. ‘The intrinsic connection between all living entities on the planet’ This statement drew us in because we feel that the topic of our film is about aging and is a universal theme that affects every human, so we felt like this was the perfect platform for us to get our film shown to open up more discussions on the complexities of aging from a female perspective.

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Image courtesy of WhittyGordon Projects 

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?  
WGP – We appreciate that the group is open to all disciplines of art whether its art or architecture. We believe in the global power of art and that art should be more accessible, which is what we believe ItsLiquid Group is trying to achieve. We would welcome more opportunities to network with other ItsLiquid artists and to participate in future exhibitions and projects.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? 
WGP – The organization of the event has been great. The communication has been really good with the organizers. Unfortunately, due to financial reasons, we couldn’t make it over to the preview of the exhibition, but we have been following the show online and have shared information about the exhibition with our networks.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
WGP – Yes, we believe it’s a great platform to showcase our work in a beautiful and historical setting. It’s a great way for us to get our artwork seen by different audiences, capitalising on the timing of the Venice Art Biennale to attract greater exposure.

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Image courtesy of WhittyGordon Projects 

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