We had the good fortune of connecting with Damián Comas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Damián, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
When I was five years old I began to draw, it was an act that fascinated me from the beginning and by doing it constantly I was creating a critical eye and I got results. That’s what people call talent, but I don’t believe in talent, I only believe in the constant search of human beings, also called creativity. But in those drawings, I was discovering stories, characters, cities, and spaces, so inspiring that I always thought I would be a painter when I grew up. From studying Visual Arts, I became a marble sculptor, then a writer, and then a filmmaker. What I do most nowadays are cinema and literature, but the funny thing is that I still begin with a drawing to arrive at many ideas and concepts.
Alright, so let’s move on to what keeps you busy professionally.
Luis Buñuel said that cinema should be thought of as “an eye-opening scalpel.” And my work, my art, seeks to accomplish that goal, stopping our reality for a moment and forcing us to reflect. Create stories that question the injustice of the virtual world, and that question movements of racial, gender, religious, geographic, or class hatred. I like to tell stories from the other perspective that no one thinks about. Writing about uncomfortable things and unaccepted or unpopular ideas. Creating situations where we will all question how would I react if we were in that situation, and trying to take my readers of spectators to truly live in somebody else`s shoes.
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 have dedicated a good part of my life to exploring this planet. America, Asia, Europe, Africa. I have been happy in many parts of the world, living in India or Japan. Nowadays, I live in a little paradise in Italy, very close to Venice, full of History, and called Trieste. But for example, in the last few days, I have been very “homesick” for Montevideo. I’m not Uruguayan, but I can’t wait to go back and walk around this small country, I love its people and its culture, and at the same time, I could say the same about Montreal, Bangkok, Tangier… and many other places that I have loved. I believe there is no such thing as a perfect destination, but what does exist is “the curious and open traveler”, that’s the key to finding perfect destinations.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I grew up in a family of scientists and university professors who always taught me to doubt things. For me that has been a huge key to my work, to doubt. To doubt the world, my work, and ideas that others believe in and in which I believe myself. And from all that questioning I try to give answers, just as for me the most important answers in my life have been found in films and books.