NYU Black Renaissance Noire Spring 2015 - Page 84

m Vasija 6 r Vasija 7 rr Vasija 12 You live between Cartagena, Colombia, and Santiago, Chile. Can you talk about how “place” impacts the issues you address in your art? What about class, gender, and race? For example, in “Divine Breath” you address the issue of domestic violence from the prospective of the female victims. What about the prospective of the (usually male) perpetrators? What has been the effect of this work on male viewers and critics as far as you can tell? In Cartagena the “Divine Breath” exhibit was held at the Spanish Cooperation Center during the month of March, which is women’s month. The day of the inauguration, I invited all of the participants. Even though, for security reasons the vessels had only their initials, each one discreetly sought out her own to confirm that her pain was not only in her imagination, but it was also real; it existed. 82 During the exhibit of “Divine Breath” at the Nohra Haime Gallery in New York, I could sadly confirm that violence toward women does not respect social status, nationality, intellectual level or ethnic group. It is always an anonymous and silent situation; a silence that ends up anesthetizing us, making us unable to feel pain, anger, fear; and, of course it does not allow us to feel happiness or tenderness either. This absence of emotions is covered up in our societies; people work, raise children, go out to dinner and go to market, but they are the living dead. This deplorable situation is repeated and multiplied, and, therefore, must be exposed. As an artist, I am interested in showing daily situations from a new focus and perspective. But in order to achieve this, I have to produce a “mental short-circuit,” so we can see them from another angle. It is in this way that questions and emotions are generated in the spectator. That is very complicated to achieve now, since we are immersed in a world crammed full of advertising images and sensationalist news. Our contents demand the inclusion of poetry, esthetics and ethics. BRN-SPRING-2015.indb 82 3/29/15 11:42 AM