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#remainvertical! Interview with Carla Souto

© Carla Souto, Untitled (Obstetra: que cuida Series), 2017 Photo: Mar Suárez

© Carla Souto, Untitled (Obstetra: que cuida Series), 2017 Photo: Mar Suárez

“I was always looking to do new things with the materials that were next to me and try to bring them closer to my point of view.”

Name

Carla Souto

Profession

Artist

Website

cargocollective.com/carlasouto

© Carla Souto, Conquistar montañas urbanas, 2018

© Carla Souto, Conquistar montañas urbanas, 2018

Who are you? What do you do?

I’m on a process to be a grown woman.

My work talks about the relationship between the female body and the nature, land and territory taking shape as sculptures and installations.

Where are you from?

I’m from Galicia, a mystical region in the North West of Spain where everything is deep blue and forest green. 

Your style in 3 words?

Organic, self-awareness, open.

© Mar Suárez

© Mar Suárez

Your weakness? Your strength?

Cheese / sensoriality.

 What makes you different?

Even thinking that every person has their own characteristic that make them special maybe mine is to be an empathetic person.

When did you decide to become an artist?

I think it was natural while growing up and not as a decision. I always dedicated to painting and drawing while I was a child. I was always looking to do new things with the materials that were next to me and try to bring them closer to my point of view.

What do you find most fascinating about your work?

Finding new things on the path that I’m taken with all of those ups and downs.

A few words about your favourite creation?

I’m not sure if I have a favorite work. I think they are all connected as the continuation of the previous one.

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…

I really like the work of Fina Miralles, Francis Alÿs, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Barbara Hepworth, Eric Rohmer’s movies, dance with brazilian jazz music and read Sylvia Plath’s poetry.

© Carla Souto, Installation view (Obstetra: que cuida Series), 2017

© Carla Souto, Installation view (Obstetra: que cuida Series), 2017 

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

When I finish my studies in Lisbon (Portugal) I’m going to come back to my hometown in Spain and hopefully I will be another chestnut tree rising on the vast landscape.

Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“

The sorority with my friends, my family and my dog. 

2018: Where are we going?

I hope it is the beginning of an awareness of respect for both nature and women and the consequence of a social and cultural change.

When the going gets tough…

Chocolate (and crying until falling asleep).

Your city’s favourite spots?

I’m living in Lisbon at the moment. It’s an astounding city where loads of cultural things are happening all the time. I really enjoy to go to Estufa Fría – a big greenhouse in the middle of the town- to disconnect from the frenetic rhythm of the capital, grab some beers in Intendente and spend all evening speaking and laughing with some friends and walk around my neighborhood called Graça.

Do you have a vision?

I guess…

What would you do if you could change the World?

That people cares more about each other and their wellbeing. 

Tell us about your future plans…

Get a big studio to keep working and to be able to gain a pension when I would be an old lady.

Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?

It’s hard to choose just one but I would say Chega de Saudade or One Note Samba de Antonio Carlos Jobim.

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