Grupo Sismo_Fer Lerena Interview – 27- 09-2021

1- How do you define yourself? How do you define your projects?

I like to think about every part of the process, from the color palette and climates, to what story as a game, each character has that I can paint. I like to see all my projects as a challenge, an opportunity to challenge myself in something and break with some idea or limit.

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2- How did you start working on street art?

Urban art attracted my attention since I was a child. Like any wall, it could become a space for free expression and thus reach many people.
It was in my student days that Grupo SISMO emerged as a channel that we found to go out to paint and experiment with muralism at first.

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3- Where do you find the inspiration to create your projects? Are they modifiers of urban space?

I usually find inspiration in people, I like to imagine their worlds and mix them with mine. I think that urban art has to reflect in some way what happens outside.
Yes, he considered that they are projects that transform not only the urban space but also the people who live there. It is very common for people to appropriate works and develop ties with their characters or scenes.

4- What does Street Art represent for you in this constantly changing world?

I believe that urban art represents a possibility of bringing art closer to people, without the mediation of galleries, museums or traditional institutions that in some cases condition the artist or the viewer. To see a work of urban art you do not need to be well dressed or pay a ticket. Today I have no doubts when I think that urban art is the most avant-garde artistic expression of the 21st century.

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5- Do you think Street Art should be legal or should it continue to be a form of art pursued by the police? Have you ever had problems?

I think it should be legal or at the very least, it should not be prosecuted, which is something very different. Personally, I do not believe in that theory that resistance to persecution enhances creativity or artistic activity, necessarily. On the contrary, I think that urban art reveals the need that people have to link up with the community through a public artistic event, denouncing, revaluing or simply embellishing. As well as a certain crisis of the classical institutions of art with the people, who find the only way out to express themselves in the streets.
Here in South America the possibility of forming artistic tools in the academy is something that remains for very few. Studying arts is practically an act of faith due to the lack of opportunities regarding the possibility of making a living from it. To which adding the value of the materials and logistics there does not need to be a law that prohibits, since the material conditions of the people are the first prohibition. If there were stronger public policies that strengthen the link between peoples at an early age with art, granting artists, providing spaces, bringing workshops closer, we would possibly see a much stronger, more diverse and active urban art. As well as a much healthier and thinking society. In Argentina the law is quite gray when it comes to painting in the streets. There are places where they can take you prisoner and others where you will not have any problems despite being in full view of everyone.

6- How long does it usually take to prepare each project?

In general, we usually prepare projects simultaneously. Currently we are as Grupo SISMO preparing a monumental mural project that is taking us more than 1 month of pre-production and in the middle of that process we have prepared and painted 1 project, and prepared another.
Depending on the ambition of each work, the pre-production time we dedicate to it is assumed. Everything that links from any aspect to logistics and infrastructure, material calculations and artistic design. That is something that I always wish to be well planned so that when the day comes I just have to paint and enjoy doing it. At the same time, when I have free time, I try to go out to paint without planning, just with some vague idea, some paintings and a wall. This is something more playful for me, it helps me to exercise nonsense and spontaneity.

 Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.


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