Today we’d like to introduce you to Carola Bravo.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a Venezuelan, Miami based, visual and video artist, architect, art promotor, longtime educator and lover of Literature. I moved to Miami in 2011, and since that day, this City has opened many doors for me as an artist! I am very grateful.
I hold a Ph.D. in Architecture, a Master in Art History and a BSc in Architecture. I am known for my immersive site-specific video and installations, public art and intimate studio work that address space and memory, changing territories and their geometry. My work has been exhibited in Museums and Institutions, Galleries and Art Fairs around the world. I have received very important recognition and public commissions such as Miami Dade Art in Public Places Competition for Royal Caribbean’s Cruise Line Innovation Lab in Miami (2017); “Honorable Mention” for Public Intervention at the XI Architecture National Biennale in Caracas-Venezuela (2014) and the “Lorenzo Il Magnífico Award” at the II Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence-Italy. My recent art exhibition: “Blurred Borders” at the Frost Art Museum at FIU, Miami, was dedicated to the “Migration theme” and was featured at the Wall Street Journal.
In 2014, I created and founded HARTVEST PROJECT, an art venture dedicated to foster and promote public interest in the arts via creative and innovative educational experiences and entertainment platforms. Since 2018 I have been running the programs in alliance with the Village of Pinecrest and Pinecrest Gardens with the mission of offering art education to the community.
Please tell us about your art.
My work has always had a referential sense harking back to history and the materialization of memory resulting on “immersive video installations” that combine my actions in the space with a network of connections composed of various discourses: the architectural, the geographical, the poetic and the memory.
My videos explore a dislocation of time, a superposition of moments that play with absence and presence, creating an interregnum between both instances where reality becomes a “dislocated” model of reality. The way that the videos are filmed is key for my conceptual proposal. In it, the regular temporal sequence of a video is interrupted, superimposing layers that we see simultaneously but correspond to different times. The videos are not only projected onto the physical space in real time, but the same projection is filmed, again and again, in order to superimpose on scenes where reality and representation merge.
My video installations could be considered as historic “video caches”, to store data and intended as methods of communication to provoke discussions about certain contemporary cultural issues that impact humanity. Some of these issues have to do with a meditation about man and space, about architecture as a social space and as a container of memories and about man as a social being who constantly migrates.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
As an artist, success means that my work communicates my ideas and makes people feel something. It means to be respected and recognized as a dedicated and creative professional. Success means when younger artists and students ask you for guidance and advice and of course, when people want to have my pieces in their homes, as part of their family!
To be a successful artist you have to love what you do. You have to wake up each morning with the desire to work and create. You have to be constant, authentic and innovative and it is very important that you do not settle for a formula to produce art that most people like. You have to always challenge yourself.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My artwork is represented by Bernice Steinbaum Gallery.
It can be seen at her gallery or in several exhibitions throughout the year. Also in Pinecrest Gardens, where I run the educational project “Hartvest Project” which includes art exhibitions.
People can support my educational project by participating in the events, workshops, art courses, etc., that we offer at Pinecrest Gardens.
- Address: Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Pinecrest Fl 33156
- Website: www.carolabravo.com / www.hartvestproject.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @carolabravoart / @hartvestproject
- Facebook: carolabravo
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