Virginia Bersabé Interview about his project «Heredar un espejo» – 16-07-2021
Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Heredar un espejo. Placed in Ducal Palace.
Location : El Carpio (Cordoba, Spain)
Year : 2020
1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?
If I had to choose one piece, perhaps I would choose one of the last ones made in 2020. An image discovered inside the courtyard of the Ducal Palace in a small village in Cordoba. An old courtyard made of mud bricks where an old woman suddenly rests.
2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?
This piece was made for «The Scarpia Art Festival».
I was contacted by the curator of the festival and the city council to create the piece.
This intervention was legal.
3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?
«Heredar un espejo» is a mural intervention made for the 19th edition of Scarpia. An intimate painting, of rest and waiting that has as its central axis the elderly woman, her memory and her skin as witnesses of a story. The woman is closely related to the space where she is painted and the concept of the painting as well. This space was the site of Velázquez’s Venus in the Mirror and the mural pays homage to this painting.
4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?
It is an internal courtyard of a palace and some old stables. Right in front of the mural is the pensioner’s home and during the whole process the citizens have been very present and active with the development of the painting.
5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?
For mural interventions in towns and villages, I prefer to have an active participation of the local people. Both the young children and the older people I usually work with. It’s the most enriching part.
6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?
When I take on a new project, I take into account the space and the architecture where it will be located. With the aim of integrate the painting into its new geography and building coherence. From my point of view, these aspects must be taken into account to create a good dialogue.
7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?
With my mural work I have 2 ways and projects: the project «Perdidas en un cortijo andaluz» and the public mural. The first one has a limited life, as it is painted on buildings that are sinking. The estimated life span is between 1 day and 5 years.
However, the public mural in a town or city, the buildings are newer and the painting is designed to live longer. It is also designed to live for a limited period of time as it is exposed to outdoor weather conditions. I believe that this painting should move forward like the city and undergo the appropriate changes.
8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?
The main value I see in my work in towns and cities is to bring painting and culture to people and contexts where it might not have reached otherwise. About all, how old woman can occupy and be present outside home.
9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?
I don’t think I had any great difficulty, apart from the physical effort.
10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?
As I said before, the important thing about urban art in public space is to modify the streets and turn them into an approach to culture and painting. Coexisting architecture and painting in the daily life of pedestrians.
In the close future, I am finishing the project “Perdidas en un cortijo andaluz” and preparing new large-format urban murals.
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