interview - gloria berenice moreno

what motivates you?

curiosity mostly. i have always had a very inquisitive mind - as a child i basically never accepted any answer that i felt did not thoroughly encompass the topic i was inquiring about. i feel that this is still very much alive in me as of now, i am deadly curious. i used to think that this could turn into an impairment but i have come to appreciate this side of me because it drives me to dig deeper. there is so much beauty and mystery around us and i can't bring myself to leave it sitting in the corner without actively exploring it in all its sides. 

what inspires you?

people. i have been co-living with social anxiety since as far as my mind can remember, and there is nothing i have ever found more intrinsically enigmatic in my whole life. people's behaviours and choices, the way they carry themselves and relate to the world and environment that surrounds them, which all come down to or are linked to their identity and experiences - all these aspects are extremely fascinating to me. my work mostly centres on this, decoding and documenting the pluralities of human experiences, especially with regards to gender, intimacy and sexuality. 

how long have you been creating your work?

i started using photography as a medium through which i could explore concepts and questions that were important to me in 2018. my background in anthropology and my versatility for the arts in general led me to conflate research with a creative outlet. 

what is an insecurity you have spent time grappling with recently?

the sense of economic precariousness and the feeling of being crushed by this broken, inhumane, butchery-like hyper-capitalist system we find ourselves in. our productivity-driven society upholds the link between financial achievement and productivity with that of self-worth, which pressures us to view ourselves under monetary terms as well. 'am i worth it?' must be one of the questions that swirls the most in my head. capitalism affects my creativity in the sense that i find myself questioning its worth when it does not translate into something that will be monetised and sanctified by the holy and mighty god of capitalism. i hate this, it is so unhealthy for artists, both on a physical and mental level, to have to be so focused on money - it hinders our creative process and affects its output with the weight of status, likeability and sellability. 

what do you imagine for your future as an artist?

i want to fight for a future in which female-identifying artists will be able to explore their creativity without constantly having to deal with prejudice, discrimination or settle for compromises of some sorts. i imagine myself, or at least want to imagine myself, in a scenario where this will be possible. 

share a recent encounter with an artist or a stranger that has shifted your perspective.

i recently met a fellow photographer, veronika vidø, on the set of nadia tehran's new music video for her song down. i find her works really inspiring because we have radically different ways of working with photography - rather than representing sides of our lived experience as bare as they may be behind the scenes of the tragic farce of social conventions, she bends reality as we know it and creates uncanny parallel dimensions in which our human experience is confronted with possibility - that which is not, our innermost fears as well as fantasies, they all take material form in her photographic works and make you feel stranded and puzzled, whilst also oddly comforted.


dec 3 2020

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