Every week Apuliart Contemporary presents a young and emerging under 35 artist. Today we have the pleasure of speaking with Valentina De Florio, an artist from Taranto, now finishing her sculpture studies in Florence.

1) Hello! Tell us about yourself! Who you are, where you come from? What do you do in life?

Hello! I’m Valentina De Florio I’m 23 and I’m from Taranto. After earning my diploma in architecture, I moved to Lecce, a city in which I obtained my 1st level degree in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts. Now I am a student at the last year of Visual Arts and New Expressive Languages (sculpture) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.

2) How did you understand what your artistic expressive form was?

I think it was not a choice as much as a necessity at the beginning of my journey. Although sculpture remains my primary expressive approach, to date, I think it is difficult to create a disciplinary division, I do not believe it can exist in the field of creation.

3) What is the aim of your work? What do you want to tell?

I like to observe the instability of relationships, the temporary construction of the latter determines the environment in which we live. Environments, places I try to describe through the subject-object relationship, subject-object-environment.

Valentina De Florio, Istanti, 2017

4) Is your country a source of inspiration for your works and your artistic vision?

My land is part of me, it is what inevitably contributes to an invasive approach towards the other.

5) What artists do you refer to or feel close to your art?

I do not believe that artists should love other artists, I love and try to deepen each historical-artistic period, knowing what has happened in the past is essential to be able to approach the present better.

6) What do you think about the artistic scene of your hometown? Is it a place where young artists like you can get the support and the motivation need?

Taranto is an unexplored potential. Young people like me go away looking for a richer artistic field instead of remaining in a space that is an end in itself.

7) Propose three ideas to launch the culture of emerging artists for Southern Italy.

Spaces, useful for experimentation of young artists. Disclosure, cancel the distance between artist and audience. Links with exhibition spaces, starting from museums, galleries or places of interest.

8) In recent years we are witnessing a migration of interesting personalities from Apulia to places with more attractive career opportunities. Is, in your opinion, a change of direction possible?

Puglia is a warm, invariably human land. Everything is slower, probably strength and weakness of this earth. Slowness creates an intense bond with the memory, investing every action of conscience. It is a revolutionary city in its slowness, in its silence, in its fragility. Puglia is a land of suffering, the artist is suffering, suffering leads to transformation, I think this is what we should bet on.

9) What are your future plans? And your projects?

It is rare for me to plan something. My projects are between my homeland and the environment around me.

10) Do you see an artistic work in Puglia in your future?

It is my desire, beyond everything.

Valentina De Florio, Istanti, 2017
Valentina De Florio, Ventuno giorni, 2018
Valentina De Florio, Ventuno giorni, 2018
Detail of Valentina De Florio, Ventuno giorni, 2018