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INTERVIEW

ANDREA CANEPA

PULSE Prize WINNER 2014 | MIAMI


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How did it feel to win the first PULSE Prize awarded at Indian Beach Park, our new location in Miami Beach?

Great, it was the first time I was ever showing my work in the US, so it was a very nice surprise.

Installation at PULSE Miami 2014

Installation at PULSE Miami 2014

Looking back on that work after 5 years, how would you say your work has evolved?

I think I have transitioned from a way of working where the final idea came first and then it was just a matter of execution, into a process where research comes first, without having any previous image of what the final outcome will be. Even though this new way of working involves some uncertainty that is harder for me to deal with, I like the fact that the final outcome of the work remains open, and it is more suggestive than my previous work.

You’ve described yourself as very analytical and have expressed that through your artwork you try to “address the fact that the regularity of our world obeys a set of rules that, perfectly so, could have been entirely different.”  Could you expand a bit more on this topic and its place in your art practice?

I have always been interested in the way we organize the world as an attempt to control that which escapes the limits of our understanding. We tend to organize, categorize and manage reality as if it were a set of isolated and independent phenomena, creating systems we end up taking for granted.

The starting point of my work usually comes from the action of rearranging the order of elements within these systems, using a different organization criterion. These modifications often release certain meanings that were hidden under the logic that was imposed and assumed as the ‘correct’ one. By doing this I want to point out the principles behind any organization and what these imply ideologically.

 
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The art world has changed drastically in the past decade and a half, how has access to the internet and various social media channels affected that way that your art is viewed and how you view art?

Now that we can see images of what is being shown everywhere, we don’t need to physically “be there” to see an exhibition. However, I find this a bit problematic because, for me, an image posted online can’t replace the physical experience of being next to a work of art. Also, by being able to access everything that is being shown everywhere, artistic proposals are more similar among themselves on a global scale: no matter where you are, artists are working on the same topics and with similar aesthetics.

As well, I see more and more that artists are sharing their creative processes online. If the public can follow every stage of the creative process, then maybe it is not even necessary to have a final piece to show – the process is already the artwork. I don’t know how I feel about this yet.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m reading about Italian rational architecture built in Africa during their colonial period. I’m also finally reading a book that was on my reading list for a long time: “Everything that is solid melts into the air” by Marshall Berman. And since I’m currently doing a residency in Rome, I decided to read a book about Greek and Roman mythology, which I’m enjoying very much.

What’s coming up next for you?

Right now, I’m developing a project at the Spanish Academy in Rome. By the end of the June I will show my first piece of public artwork for the “Get Lost” Festival in Amsterdam.  I’m also preparing a solo show that will take place at the ICPNA –the NorthAmerican Cultural Center in Lima– by the end of the year. 


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