TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2020
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
CATEGORIES: #ART #DESIGN
INTERVIEW WITH CAROLINA CARBALLO
AUTHOR: MAÉVA CARREIRA
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: TAMY EMMA PEPIN
Like many of us, Carolina Carballo’s life plans changed in March 2020. Her one-way plane ticket to Barcelona was cancelled. And although her plan to move to Spain was put on hold, it surely didn’t stop the Buenos Aires-based multidisciplinary visual designer to pursue her art. As the global pandemic evolves, Carolina is inspired, now more than ever, by nature and its power.
Growing up in the countryside in Córdoba, Argentina, Carolina was always playing outside in the orchard with her two brothers. With a natural interest for her environment, and a fondness for colors, materials and textures – a penchant she attributes to her two artistic parents – Carolina has always been very curious about her surroundings. She would always raise her hand in class or experiment new things like dance classes — classic, jazz, afro. From an early age, the designer learned to develop her artistic intuition. She realized that she could express through art what she couldn’t say in words. However, it was not before she moved to Buenos Aires that she found her artistic identity.
Known as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires is a vibrant South American city with its own folk culture and unique Italian influence due to a significant wave of European immigration since the 1880s. This particular cultural diversity has allowed Buenos Aires to develop its own cultural identity, which quickly translated into the emergence of an important artistic and cultural community. Each neighbourhood has its own Centro cultural managed by cooperatives where porteños are invited to participate and enjoy poetry, music, art and theatre.
Buenos Aires’ booming cultural diversity is also reflected in the public educational system. The Universidad de Buenos Aires gave Carolina the opportunity to challenge her artistic views with other artists and students from different socio-cultural backgrounds.
Carolina attributes the diverse academic environment as a key element allowing her to further explore her artistic identity and improve her learning process.
Visuals by Carolina Carballo created for ORB
Curiosity is what pushes Carolina to seek inspiration for her visual environments. As Nina Simone once said, “an artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times”. Now, all the more, anything can be a trigger for a project. With lockdowns happening locally on a global scale, Carolina finds inspiration in the simplest things life can offer – leaves, plants, stones, etc. Going through these challenging times, she feels the urge to reflect on how our consumption and our lifestyle impact nature. Because as Carolina says, “we may not control our environment, but we can influence it”. And her thoughtfully designed visual environments have the power to make us question and reflect on the purpose of the materials it features.