Alejanias Artista Bogotá Colombia
If you were on a television set, how would you introduce yourself? The first thing I think of is how shy I would be, but for the past two years I have allowed the performativity of art to help me enunciate myself with vitality, joy and autonomy, so in that sense, I would want the confidence of my body posture to speak for me: showing myself relaxed and attentive.
I would say: Hello, I am a young Latin American woman and I think daily about my spiritual awareness to experience my life and my art with more joy
Does art help you to have a full life? At this point I don't understand my existence outside the artistic language and I don't want to do it either. The context of Colombia is violent, so deciding to maintain a sensitive vision that takes care of life and proposes an image: it is resistance, it is political.
I started painting at the age of 16 as a kind of therapy, because I was suffering from nervous breakdowns. Today, although I studied at an art school, I consider myself self-taught.
The context of Colombia is violent, so deciding to maintain a sensitive vision that takes care of life and proposes an image: it is resistance, it is political.
What are the feelings or concepts you want to communicate?
In painting: I like to portray characters-memes of Colombian culture on the internet, images that are socially popular but questioned for their ethics: from the president to influencers, sometimes for being marginal, sometimes for being absurd.
In digital: I compose emotional scenarios with common aesthetics: landscapes, rooms and body physical actions in which I see myself as a character that enters pop culture. I enjoy playing with my appearance in digital images.
My latest project is musical: this exploration allows me to sing-rap my most intimate and difficult to externalize thoughts with a lo-fi trap sound.
You can find my songs on YouTube: @aleeejanias_/ neo prosaic
What do you think are the challenges for young artists in the midst of this global crisis?
Re-configuring desire. If we change the social scales of what it is to "succeed" "make it" "be somebody" then we will live in the present, we will be more critical of advertising and we can have a more mature discourse. I think it is vital to have an honest and enjoyable creative process. Also, as Latinas, we must raise our voices and not abandon our territory.
I Work in community with the collective: XXY