Do you like street signs?
Yes, I guess so. I’m a bit obsessed with ‘safety’ so I always look at signs (like the ball games ones) that are in london
in all the council flats, and in like basically every public space. There are signposts
with regulations of what you can and cannot do. In London I find that everything
is incredibly regulated, especially in public spaces.
If you had to chose your last meal what would it be?
I have already thought about that! I would have a Spanish omelette (the classic one with just potatoes, onions and eggs).
And I would also have tomato salad, but not just any tomato salad, it needs to be
with the incredible tomatoes you get in Spain (I’m guessing that in Italy you have
them as well). They’re really huge and ugly but on the inside they’re so rich and
intense that they’re almost burgundy... It just brings tomato to its highest level
of accomplishment. For me that’s my last meal.
I think this is the most Spanish answer I could come up with! And it’s funny because actually the potato and the tomato are
Mexican but they are the main ingredients in Spanish cuisine.
If you owned an object with superpowers, what would that object be?
I think something related to sustainability and climate change because that’s one of my main concerns at the moment (my dad
works in this domain so I’m quite aware of it). Possibly a machine that creates local
produce in everyone's homes and that at the same time recycles the soil...that way
we don’t need a food industry anymore, we’d produce our own food in our own homes...the
food industry is a huge component of the damage we’re doing to the earth. I think
this self sustainability would help climate change quite a lot.
What’s your most popular self portrait on Instagram?
This one is related to my art practice:
And this one to my music:
Insert a screenshot of the last thing (movie/ tv show/ video) that made you cry
Oh, I cry with an advert so that’s super easy! Adverts that show a family with a mum that’s moved because her son is coming
home...in advertising they know how to generate empathy like that. In any case, this
is the last movie that made me cry a lot:
If you were cooking for 4 famous people at one table, who would they be?
Do they have to be alive?
So, I’d like to cook predominantly for women. They’d be: Angel Olsen, she’s alive, she’s a musician and I really like her
music and her lyrics. Then, Frida Kahlo, I mean it’s a cliche but she’s the feminist
I admire the most. Hannah Arendt, she’s an incredible philosopher, the discussion
would suddenly become quite serious but whatever..and maybe my great great great
grandmother, just to see who she is.
If you invented a cocktail, what would you call it, what color would it be?
I have actually invented quite a few cocktails in my supper club but they were always based on the work of the artists I
was working with. The cocktail I’d invent now would be something sort of related
to brexit...Oh, I would call it Post-truth! Something really sweet but at the same
time really bad for you, so it’s easy to drink but it just corrupts your stomach..something
like that. And it would be the most popular colour of them all, which I guess is
like pink or red... a bright colour that traps your eye: fluorescent pink!
One exhibition you wish you hadn’t seen?
That’s a tricky question because I only remember the exhibitions I liked, the other ones are kind of faded in my memory.
When you have an idea of what an artist’s body of work is like but their exhibition
is just another one imitating displays and standardised strategies it’s something
that can leave you disappointed. So it’s just some sort of realisation of this artist
you thought was revolutionary but they’ve just blended in with the rest of commercial
artists….Oh, I thought of one: Damien Hirst! This was ages ago, I discovered his
work in uni and I was quite impressed by it (the cow and everything…) then I went
to see his exhibition, it was a huge one, he had all this gold, very over the top,
it was incredibly vulgar. I was like ‘this is not what I thought it was’...it was
quite an awakening. It’s so obscene and dramatic that it appeals to some sort of
maybe sublime kind of concept of what art can achieve by being overwhelming but at
the same time it’s just obscene..but at the same time it doesn’t mean that it’s not
You’ve just graduated right ? Do you know what will you be doing next?
This is a question I have been asking myself for two months! (haha) I have always had my priorities very clear: I know that
I want to be an artist, I guess the struggle comes when you try to find the balance
between your day job and your art practice, it’s a classic right? I have recently
formed a band (Coskeyass), I would really like to merge my art practice with my music
practice to make some form of touring-art-exhibition-concert. I have been applying
for many jobs but I think I’m going to end up working as a chef again which I guess
makes sense...what I want to do after graduating is to continue making art work,
focusing on my band and trying to merge these practices, the way I have of making
money to sustain this is usually through food: I’m either a chef of I have my supper
club and I have plans to make it bigger (maybe transform it into an art residency)..I’ll
just keep trying really.
Do you have a life hack you’d like to share with us?
I’m going to give you two answers. One is really obvious but nobody does it: how to chop an onion properly! It’s really simple,
you peel it first and you cut it in half across the ends (without cutting off the
ends). People usually do the whole thing and then it falls apart and you kind of
try to hold it together..but if the end is still there it holds it all together and
it’s so good, absolutely necessary in everyone’s lives.
Here is a link that shows what I’m talking about:
The second life hack is something that has helped me a lot: my SAD lamp. It’s for us from the south, suffering from the lack
of sun...it has saved my mood so many times. I use this lamp when I’m reading, working,
whenever I can (I have also used it in my work). It’s this very very bright white
light that simulates the light of the sun...great for when it’s a very grey day in
London and you need that amount of light.This is maybe for foreigners who have nostalgia
of the sun.
Let’s keep it at the onion and the sun.
Is there a question we haven’t asked you, that you’d like to ask yourself?
Something I ask myself (that I try to prevent or control) is: Do you think that you perform for social media? In the sense
that you portray a version of yourself that you wish to project or. Or how manipulated
or manufactured is that image? By you or the media? What kind of image am I giving
through my Facebook or through my Instagram and if someone who doesn’t know me has
access to that (quite personal information) who am I? When I take a selfie I think
‘oh this doesn’t work’, but why? Am I curating myself? This is like a daily performance
for this invisible audience.
My response to the question would be: Yes. I am performing all the time for social media and it is so paradoxical because
social media is aimed to bring your intimacy closer to other people but in a way
it distances you from yourself. It’s like publishing an extra layer of imagery of
this created intimacy that you are putting out there. I think very much of ‘what
is going to work on instagram’, ‘I can’t put too many selfies in a row’, ‘I need
to put a bit of art work, a bit of selfies etc.’ That’s going to make me look like
‘the artist’, ‘the person who is behind it’, ‘the singer’...all these things that
you want to project. I think it’s scary.