Interview: Yaoyao Li
Luca Curci talks with Yaoyao Li during BODIES+CITIES SKIN, first appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
I graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institutes in 2017, Chongqing, China. I am currently studying in the Academy od Fine Arts in Venice, Italy. The sequence of clouds floating in the air, birds flying in the clouds, the fish swimming in the water, and the plants floating in the wind suggests those natural creatures are using the body to express themselves in the space and time. I also want to be alive like them.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Yaoyao Li – I am currently working on the creation of video art.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
YL – I am an international student from Chengdu, China. I am now studying as a graduate student at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts. In my previous creations, when I was in the previous Academy, I generally used soft materials (such as fiber art) to create my works. In the past year, I have learned a lot from my professors in the Academy of Fine Arts. I started to try to getting into video art. I think videos give people a strong impact, a feeling more intense and direct.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
YL – I think art is diversified now, and artists can choose to express their ideas in a variety of suitable ways. In my opinion, I think that today’s artists can create for themselves, or they can create for the public. There are too many media available now. Especially in the world of Internet, artists can publish their works to the public at any time, making art closer to our life and intelligible. Especially during the last period of the epidemic, in which galleries and art museums were closed, the Internet was a good communication platform to spread works of art. Although it is still relatively virtual to me, I think this is a good trend.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
YL – Of course, for me, I still care more about the attitude of visitors thinks towards my work. Everyone is a different and independent individual, and everyone’s ideas are unique. I also want to integrate different thinking ideas into my works.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
YL – Yes, as I answered the question above, I am now starting to switch from fiber art to video art.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
YL – This work is my existing work.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
YL – The theme of this exhibition is: Bodies and Cities Skin. I really like your interpretation of the theme of this exhibition. We live in a city and we exist in this world. Our body is actually a border. External light shines on our skin, making it a boundary. But I wonder why we always care too much about the external space of the body, we struggle with the causes and consequences of what happens, and slowly ignore the feelings inside our body. Let’s try closing our eyes, whenever we close our eyes, we are immersed in our own spiritual world. We can think about theology and philosophy, we can think about the universe, our imagination is enough to surpass ourselves to achieve an irrational structural thinking, and finally shrink back to our bodies themselves.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
YL – I like the theme of this exhibition and I think this is a great opportunity for the artists to communicate, and thank you for providing this platform for me.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
YL – I would love to collaborate with you again in the future. I think your service is pretty good.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
YL – Yes, of course.