“It is an ongoing act of self-evolution…”

Paul Zimmerman in conversation with Fina Ferrara


Paul Zimmerman: You are a professional dancer. How are space and movement reflected in your artwork?

Fina Ferrara: Space and movement are symbiotic; movement can´t happen if there is no space, and space without movement would just be empty.

PZ: What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

FF: Being able to maintain the pathway of the performance without losing connection with the viewers.

PZ: What is your artistic process? How do you create your photographs?

FF: The photographs are a registry of my live performances, the moments that describe best the performance. The birth of my performances usually start with a feeling, an ongoing sensation. The feeling then evolves into images. Then, I get this urge to do a video, and the performance starts to take shape.

PZ: Do you have any particular goal in mind when your start a new piece?

FF: Besides having everybody amazed, touched, and inspired by my work . . .?

PZ: How do you know when the performance is finished?

FF: There is no end into performance, it as an ongoing act of self-evolution. My performances are always present, changing form and intensity. I perceive the end of them, as the moment where I have nothing else to say.

PZ: Has your practice changed over time?

FF: It has evolved like human evolution. At first, I only stared and moaned at people. Now I can talk and sit up straight, although I still moan and groan at times.

PZ: Which artists are you most influenced by?

FF: I am influenced by art itself, it motivates and stimulates my creativity and sensibility.

PZ: What is the role of art in society?

FF: As an artist, creating art gives me a purpose and emotional stability.

PZ: What are you working on now?

FF: Not stressing thanks to this question. Just kidding. My son helped me answer this question. I found his answer rather keen.

PZ: How does the pandemic influence your work and sensibility?

FF: I’ve made more videos; some in my house, by myself, with my cellphone. Some of these videos were shown in different networks of the world; a 5 video series called COVID ME TOO.


artist’s videos 

Photos by Horacio Flores and Jorge Cardenas

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