“It is an ongoing act of self-evolution…”
Paul Zimmerman in conversation with Fina Ferrara
Paul Zimmerman: You are a professional dancer. How are space and movement reflected in your artwork?
Fina Ferrara: Space and movement are symbiotic; movement can´t happen if there is no space, and space without movement would just be empty.
PZ: What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
FF: Being able to maintain the pathway of the performance without losing connection with the viewers.
PZ: What is your artistic process? How do you create your photographs?
FF: The photographs are a registry of my live performances, the moments that describe best the performance. The birth of my performances usually start with a feeling, an ongoing sensation. The feeling then evolves into images. Then, I get this urge to do a video, and the performance starts to take shape.
PZ: Do you have any particular goal in mind when your start a new piece?
FF: Besides having everybody amazed, touched, and inspired by my work . . .?
PZ: How do you know when the performance is finished?
FF: There is no end into performance, it as an ongoing act of self-evolution. My performances are always present, changing form and intensity. I perceive the end of them, as the moment where I have nothing else to say.
PZ: Has your practice changed over time?
FF: It has evolved like human evolution. At first, I only stared and moaned at people. Now I can talk and sit up straight, although I still moan and groan at times.
PZ: Which artists are you most influenced by?
FF: I am influenced by art itself, it motivates and stimulates my creativity and sensibility.
PZ: What is the role of art in society?
FF: As an artist, creating art gives me a purpose and emotional stability.
PZ: What are you working on now?
FF: Not stressing thanks to this question. Just kidding. My son helped me answer this question. I found his answer rather keen.
PZ: How does the pandemic influence your work and sensibility?
FF: I’ve made more videos; some in my house, by myself, with my cellphone. Some of these videos were shown in different networks of the world; a 5 video series called COVID ME TOO.