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Confined Artists: Margarita Novikova & Alfredo Zarazaga Jurado

Dear Drap-Art Friends,

This week, we will highlight another two finalists of our Call for Confined Artists and share their work with you.


Margarita Novikova is a filmmaker.

She tells us a bit about herself: “My earliest artistic practice was experimental filmmaking, in the 80s. Years later, I discovered myself to be a video artist, I took part in a month-long scientific expedition in the Pacific. Instead of writing about it, I had produced a film which brought me the 1st prize and made me award-winning artist-filmmaker. I produce audio-video installations, participatory performances, interactive oral history socially engaging projects where I often compose imaginary soundscapes built of pre-recorded samples of narrating human voices and noises. Lockdown taught me to reduce consumption and start mosaicking. I gather bits of dumped ceramic tiles washed up by the sea in Montenegro and create with them. The mosaics are the core of my Seatileworks digital photo series.”

The pictures above are: 

– An example of a mosaic pattern built from water-processed shards of tiles; 

– A week-long “lockdown calendar” created from the seeds of the eucalyptus during the first week of the lockdown in March; 

– A “lockdown” necklace created from the stones with holes.  

In her video she is collecting tiles on the beach and revising these materials to create a mandala. This mandala will be about changing human consumption habits.

The second artists of the week is Alfredo Zarazaga Jurado. He talks about his work: “When I make contact with a, let’s say, discarded piece, whether it be scrap iron, wood or any other material, a kind of dialogue begins between me and the piece. It proposes its nature, its shape, its color, its texture, It talks about its history, for what it was built or designed, it also shows the marks of the passage of time. For my part I contribute thoughts, criteria, concepts. A creative dialogue is then generated, and that is when a unique and perfect piece appears in itself. That’s when I say goodbye and accept that it had a story with me.” He continues saying “Reconstruction: this is the moment in which we all have to contribute to rebuild, rebuild from what we have learned, rebuild from our mistakes, rebuild for all humanity in common, rebuild being aware that we belong to an ALL, rebuild to reconquer our links with nature, rebuilding an egalitarian humanity, rebuilding ourselves from the depths of each one and thus contributing all the best we have, in short, rebuilding among all and for all.” The materials he used for the artwork you can see below are iron plate, olive wood, and stainless steel.

We hope you enjoy!

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