Six questions for
Bryan Giuseppi Rodriguez Cambana

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Bryan Giuseppi Rodriguez Cambana.

Artist Bryan Giuseppi Rodriguez Cambana
Lives in London, UK (from Callao, Peru)

How do you describe your own art practice?

A process in which I am attempting to understand myself, and other Afro/indigenous-diasporic people like me, through the nuances and theatre of the everyday and personal/political ambitions. My practice, for me, is intuitively instigating of simplified notions of everything— living within a messiness and brokenness, in plight, fight and accountability. Currently, I make installations with videos, films, objects and performances.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

Am I being commodified? How much truth can I tell? What is community?

What was your first experience with art?

I remember helping my late grandfather paint small sculptures for our ‘Nacimiento,’ a decorative sort of installation, comprised of figurative renderings of (catholic) bible characters that we created annually for christmas, depicting the birth of Jesus; these were usually installed in the living room with recyclable materials to literally create a landscape, taking a considerable amount of space in our small house. It is a common ritual in Peru, and other spaces in the ‘third-world.’

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Lived experience. Dancing.

What do you need in order to create your work?

To love, fail, transform and resist.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I love the work of the Afro-Peruvian music artist ‘YANNA,’ who I feel I’ve come across to a bit late. I am not necessarily surprised but just excited for such talent. Hip-hop is foundational to me, so every time I hear a voice that is, in a way, transcendent of so many emotions, values, approach and even the very genre—I fall right into their ‘sauce.’ To me, YANNA is revolutionary and just dope.

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