ARTIST TALKS with LAURA FONG PROSPER (PA) & IRINA NOVARESE (IT)
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LAURA FONG PROSPER (Panama City, 1978) lives and works in Berlin.
Her video installations and audiovisual essays explore the boundaries between the analog and the digital, as well as the meanings and placements of the contemporary, the historical, the old and the new. She addresses, mostly in an autobiographical way, questions of cultural belonging, longing, exile, displacement, identity, memory, ancestry and motherhood. Using different process-oriented techniques, she moderates a dialogue between media, time and stories. Her work is a mix of technologies and formats that bring glitch, color and image manipulation to her own style of observational documentation. While working with archival material, old photographs and analog video synthesizers she conducts her own research as a “found footage recycler”.
Laura Fong Prosper holds a degree in film editing from the International Film and Television School of San Antonio los Baños in Cuba (EICTV) and a MFA in new Media Art from the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. She has also participated in exchange programs with the Kunsthochschule für Medien (KHM) in Cologne, Germany, and the Tongji University in Shanghai, China. Her art has been exhibited in China, Panama, Germany, Costa Rica, Colombia, The United States and Brazil. She also has a long career as a film editor and VJ.
IRINA NOVARESE is a visual artist whose practice extends to research-based, interdisciplinary and collaborative projects both as an artist and as an organizer. Since 2000 she lives and works in Berlin, where she is active in numerous artistic projects. Among others, in 2017 she co-founded the artist initiative HUJ:C.
She has shown her work in solo exhibitions in Italy, Germany, Spain, Venezuela and the USA. She has participated in group exhibitions including: the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale (2006), the 2nd Ghetto Biennial in Haiti (2012), and at MOR Museo orgánico Romerillo during the 12th Havana Biennial (2015). She received a B.F.A. from the Academy of Arts in Turin and an M.A. in Art in Context from the UdK, Berlin.
Irina Novarese’s artistic practice starts from affinity encounters with subjects in which she orients herself, collects data and compiles her own catalog of associations. From this compilation, the research acquires the physical form of multimedia installations consisting of drawings, videos, objects and artist books. Most of the site-specific works are influenced by urban space and the multiple contexts that arise within it. In her practice, she craves and seeks out others to share ideas, explore concepts, discover places. Currently, some of the works based on reciprocity are deeply connected to the relationship between urbanity and the use and creation of language, seen mainly as a poetic infrastructure. In addition, participation is a fundamental element for numerous projects through which she aims to create art communities based on contributions, knowledge and shared interests.