Sol Calero Goes Travelling in Latin America | Artist Interview | TateShots

I’m doing this project and people might
understand or not understand it but the fact that I’m here today as a
female Latin American artist doing this is more important than anything really
and I think that is what keeps me moving I’m Sol Calero, I was born in Venezuela. I’m an artist. I moved to Europe when I was 17 years old When I started working, I
think I was more like, in a way, angry The idea of exoticisation, this sort of
colourful aspect of the perception of Latin America by the Western eye and
try to work with this. And make it even obvious in the installation as a way of
presenting what you would think a lot in American artist would do, and play with
that. We are here at Tate Liverpool and we are at the install of my next project called
‘El Autobus’ and at the moment we’re trying to build a bus inside the space.
The concept behind this installation is to talk about the perception that the
traveller has before going to a place versus their reality once you arrive to
this place I decided that if I wanted to be talking about Latin America in my
work, I had to be traveling more to Latin America And it was quite a shock, to be
honest, because I found myself also going with a different perception of what the place was. You see, so also myself, I kind of had these preconceived ideas
about Latin America too The way I start is like I have some
orientative sketches which are not very clear but that’s because I like to work
in the space. For me is very important to compose when I’m in the space to really
shake the space so people forget where they are And to sort of erase the aspect
of either the institution or the gallery I don’t really like this idea of the
artist as the genius. It’s important to remember that behind every project and
behind every artist there is a group of people helping. Especially in projects
like this where we are producing all the work in the space When you come to a place or when you
come to an exhibition and you have a preconceived idea of what you’re going
to see determines the way you think So we’re going to just fill the space with
as many decorative elements that we can to shake whatever information you’re
gonna come with I like to create spaces where people feel comfortable, it’s just
quite simple. You have a chair, people sit down. It’s important to have time to
process what you’re seeing In the audio you’ll have a description done by a tour
guide of the places that we’re going to visit on “this trip”.
There’s no references to real places, it’s all made up. It’s putting yourself
in this sort of imaginary landscape that you’ll never get to. Audio: “You will notice that
we are now turning off the main roads and approaching the entrance of the
Necropolis Huyotemanco. If you were all wondering wondering what the white things are
everywhere on the sand well those are not rocks as some of you suggested No no no, it’s not minerals,
it’s not landscape formation, those are human bones!” I’m using these references
that come from a much more surreal place The way I remember growing up in
Venezuela, for instance, it has nothing to do with the reality that is the country
right now I think I’m from a place but that place doesn’t exist
anymore When you have to integrate to a new place, you are forced to mix so much
information that it becomes so unclear who you are. You create a new scenario for yourself I like to think that it’s some sort of a
utopia and see how I can transmit this sort of dreamy, foggy place Not everyone is given the opportunity which is quite unfair no? Because if we were all making
more art, if we were all thinking more creatively, it would be, I don’t know, I like to think it’s maybe a better world or at least we will be more open to think
about things in a different way you

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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