We had the good fortune of connecting with Ori Levi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ori, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always been a creative person, at a young age I would set up my toys in weird compositions and take my parents camera to take the oddest pictures. my grandfather was an artist, my mother is an artist, I think it just runs in the family. it’s what I was meant to do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art deals with sexuality, sex & and self expression, and comes in the form of collage, photography and videography. While some see it and automatically view it as “pornographic” or shocking, to me personally I just create what I want to see, I don’t care much about shocking anyone, but, I would like my art to leave the viewer with a strong impression.
that being said, we still live in a world where art that deals with eroticism, in particular homoeroticism is often looked down upon. the greatest difficulty has been (and continues to be) censorship on social media and to find the galleries that are brave enough to showcase such work.
As difficult as these hurdles were and still are, I continued to produce content, and to find avenues to publish and showcase that content. I’m not letting other people dated way of thinking come in my way, because I believe, that there’s nothing one can’t achieve, it takes a lot of hard work. a lot of tears and frustration, But nothing’s worth doing is ever easy. and I want to change the world.
I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to not let other people’s voices get in my head, to stay true to who I am and what I want to do.
My art is an expression of my inner world, for the world to know me it needs to know my art, it’s all there, the good the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, I highly encourage you to go and take a peek.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love L.A. it’s such a beautifully and diverse city. but I would start off our day with coffee at Ils Cafe on Broadway and 9th. from there we’ll take a ride up the coast and go to Malibu (my favorite beach is la Piedra) after a good few hours at the beach, will drive back into the city and grab some dinner at Sticky Rice in Echo Park or at my favorite taco truck (Taco’s arizas) finally we’ll ahead to Akbar (the best queer bar in the city) where the crowed is always fun and friendly, for a cocktail and a boogie.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m dedicating this shoutout to all the quiet, artsy, queer kids out there, who feel like they don’t belong – dreams do come true, follow your heart.