I got really interested in performance art because of its fleetingness, its uniqueness. Through performance art my body had found its place. Performance is about movement and repetition.
Tell us about your career…
I was trained as an dancer. However, I chose to become a performance artist instead. I became a performance artist in 2002. I entered the Beaux-Arts in Nantes and then, I studied at the St Joost Academy in Breda, Netherlands.
I got really interested in performance art because of its fleetingness, its uniqueness. Through performance art my body had found its place. Performance is about movement and repetition. One of my first performance called Walking 30km consisted in a 30-kilometer walk between Malines and Antwerp wearing high heels. I was figuratively and literally destabilized to the point of exhaustion. The intention was childish, like a child wearing his mother’s shoes and playing in front of the mirror. In my art, the childish ritual is ever-present, like smashing a watermelon with my heels, splashing it everywhere and making people laugh.
When I was a student, I used to work a lot on transvestism, whether it is cultural, sexual or identity transvestism… To me, red stilettos were perfectly adapted to these subjects. That’s the reason why I often use them in my shows. My performances are often casual, sometime burlesque but they always raise questions about society.
I am also interested in photography, installation art. Today I mostly define myself as a plastic artist. My sculptures empower me to detach myself from the body as only medium. They work as self-portraits…
I rejected the stage when I was younger but then I felt like going back on to face up to an audience. I felt like adapting the idea of fleeting performance on stage to create a new kind of drama the audience would watch as a whole. As in plastic art, I try to empower the audience to decipher everything that’s being said. Everyone can watch and understand from his own point of view and history.
interview by Patrick Beaumont
MARIA CARMELA MINI, LATITUDES PROD
What makes you a committed artist ?
I have trouble understanding the divides between Northern people and Southern people, even if I like raising questions about identity. I am a citizen of the place where I live and work. I am undoubtedly influenced by the country where I produce art. However, the mental territory is what I find the most interesting.