We had the good fortune of connecting with Bianca Argimon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bianca, what inspires you?
I think what inspires me the most is everything we’ve inherited from past cultures, Medieval, Chinese, Oceanic, Roman … Whenever I enter a museum I’m more drawn to what is past than to what is new, as I think that there is much to be learnt from our ancestors: as regards to shape, color, composition, aesthetics in general . I’m also inspired by cinema (Teshigahara, C.T. Dreyer, O.Welles, Visconti, S.Lumet, P.Greenaway, Kubrick, to name a few ). Then theatre and dance as I feel movements and stage sets are like a painting composition and helps anyones eye find its path towards beauty; the more you train it, the better. And last but not least, literature is very inspiring to me, as reading has always brought a sense of renewal in my ideas.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In my work I question political, moral and social values without fearing to cross the boundaries. Using all sorts of media (drawing, collages, sculpture, video, photography) , I try to express ‘no’ point of view on matters that concern us all, by using metaphors, allegories and paradoxes, so that you are able to reflect on the topic/piece without being influenced by my own opinion. As an artist its never easy, since the very beginning you’re your own boss, you have to make it all happen by yourself with just a master in creativity and begging for a shoulder to hold on to!
For me this life is all about to take one step at a time, position one brick after the other, because if you rise too fast you could end up like Icarus, wings burned…
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve been living in Madrid for just a few months but I already have my perfect guide tour ready for any friend that visits me … As regards to museums, I’d say Prado is the equivalent to the MET here.. and Thyssen across the road also has a wonderful collection. And for the less visited – but trully worth a visit : Lázaro Galdiano museum, The archeology museum & La Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando ( Goyas prints ) ,
To eat there are many places but my picks would be El Brote & Taberna Carmencita , wine at Cedrón and cocktails at Savas, and for the must-see , you Must attend a Flamenco performance… Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to french artist Jean-Michel Alberola, a great thinker, a great artist and now a great friend. He used to be my tutor at Beaux Arts in Paris and we have always had this very special connection. Our discussions could go in every direction, as we share ideas, bring in references, exchange things we found here and there; all these moments we have together are quite unique. It is always so stimulating to be around him, to be in contact with his beautiful mind and way of thinking, its like building a gigantic spiderweb of thoughts and ideas. We both understand our works in a very special way and I am so thankful that my path came across such a master.