Interview: Ximena Sedano
Luca Curci talks with Ximena Sedano during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
My photographic work starts when I want to capture rays of natural light at different times of the day as well as in different types of rooms I get into or observe. When I finished my art studies, the interest I had in the gold material started to grow. I had already studied the meaning of gold in some cultures and tribes all over the world, especially in my country, Colombia, and l learned by then to appreciate the warmth and strength that this material has and transmits. This woke more and more my curiosity to know deeply about the light this metal contains and which meaning was given to it in different parts of the world, trying to focus on that rather than its economical or purely material use. I was interested in how it is affecting many aspects of our lives. The challenge I face now is the encounter and development of a technique in my projects that unifies the matter with the perfection of the images that are evoked during the creative process. Migrating in myself in that creative process is what unifies gold with those images, it is what I seek with my work, and I hope that it can bring to life that union in my upcoming work. Those images can have their own language with the principles of the matter of gold reflected. Working with gold was an inspiring experience, which made me explore techniques that I still use to produce other kinds of images and paintings. I enjoy using it in many ways, it is a material that motivates me, but I use it to unify the two worlds that in its interaction complement each other, and so I hope they find new “habitats” to dwell in. That’s also reflected in all the art I do.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Ximena Sedano – I am still working on my Migration Project. Which consists of finding migration inside ourselves through the act of doing or creating new worlds where images of Nature are combined (I took them while I am traveling or I am simply on the road). I am starting to do the same with videos and I have another project in my mind now in which I want to use nature I have at home, which was part of the same project where I was developing the concept and worked with flowers and plants. I am also working directly with gold leaves which I use in my prints. Gold has been a crucial element in my process. It has a very personal and spiritual meaning as well as a close relationship to the earth in my artwork.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
XS – I was born in Bogota and I lived in Switzerland for twenty years. I grow up in a big family like it usually is in Latin America. I lost my parents very early in life and I decided to study art after school, which helped me to live that solitude of losing family with more creativity but also with profound patience. It supported my life as it was a home and a way of life. At the moment I see that the experience of living in another country has been a big influence on my work. What is started to be a Migration project has now another meaning, and I could give to that concept a shape and a space in my work.
LC – What is your creative process like?
XS – I create all the time. I see things that can be interesting to me, and I take pictures or videos. The creative process is a constant state in me. I do my work on the road or when I wake up in the morning or before going to bed. It’s a call and I respond.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
XS – At the moment I focus on the Migration project, but I believe that it contains many other themes, like home, finding our own roots, connecting to something bigger or simply creating the happiness of doing it. It’s a mixture and when the moment of creating comes, I integrate it into what I have already done and I do something out of it. I “migrate” into myself and create.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
XS – It’s always interesting, yes. I believe art it’s made to be seen and this is the way we come closer to others and the others to us. It enriches both artists and visitors by confronting ourselves with the content of the work. It has an impact on both sides, and if we go deep into that artwork we can change our way of looking at the work and the way we shape our own thinking.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
XS – Borders Art fair has no borders. The idea of bringing different experiences of “Borders” for me means that it already breaks that concept of borders. We are together showing the same concept but it is seen from different perspectives. I had the opportunity to share my work here and it inspires me to continue working for the sake of art and the happiness and the joy it brings me doing it and sharing it. Because it lives more when it’s there to be seen.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of pre-existing works?
XS – It was a part of pre-existing works.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
XS – Absolutely. It was a new vital experience in my process for being my first exhibition outside of Switzerland.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
XS – I think it’s very important to have the opportunity to exhibit with other artists or to be part of something bigger. In that sense, it would be interesting to hear their opinion about each other’s work or have the opportunity to share with them ideas and concepts.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
XS – It’s a group that supports new artists, that open doors and possibilities to them to show and sell their works. Changing the “old” art for the contemporary and new that is emerging.