Thursday, 02 March 2023 15:38

Interview with Deborah Castillo: Venezuelan Interdisciplinary Artist (2018)

Interview with Deborah Castillo: Venezuelan Interdisciplinary Artist (2018) HIDVL
Marcial Godoy-Anativia interviewed Venezuelan artist Deborah Castillo on the occasion of her installation “Marx Palimpsesto” (Marx Palimpsest) at the Hemispheric Institute. Castillo explains her philosophy of “radical disobedience” especially to “patria” (fatherland) and military power, which has characterized her consistent play with the monumentalization of Simón Bolívar in her work, and why she finds irreverent humor necessary in the context of “Venezuelan totalitarianism.” She says she prefers short pieces that allow her to explore the essence of a gesture, and she elegizes performance art’s ability to both produce discomfort and allow the artist and public to give themselves over to an experience. In addition to “Marx Palimpsesto”, Castillo and Godoy also talk about her pieces “El beso emancipador” (The Emancipating Kiss), “El beso ideológico” (The Ideological Kiss), and “Lamezuela” (Lickzuela).


Deborah Castillo is a Venezuela-born, Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist. She holds an MFA and BFA from Armando Reverón Higher Education School of Fine Arts Caracas, Venezuela. Deborah has been granted numerous awards and residencies including NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, (2015), NYC, The Banff Center. Artist in Residence Program in Visual Arts (2015) Canada, Atlantic Center for the Arts (2014), Florida and London Print Studio, (2007) UK as well as “Premio Armando Reveron”; AVAP in the “Young Artist Category” (2013), “XI Salón Eugenio Mendoza” Award, Sala Mendoza, (2003); VI Salón CANTV, Jóvenes con FIA” Award, (2003) Caracas, Venezuela and more. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC. New Museum, NYC, USA. Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, MX. Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City, MX.Escuela de Bellas Artes, Bolivian Biennial SIART, Bolivia. UCLA, Los Angeles, USA. ICA, London, UK. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.The Broad Museum, Los Angeles, USA. Smack Mellon, NYC, USA. Hemispheric Institute, NYC, USA, and among others.


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