The Heroine’s Journey of Maria Grazia Carriero

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

Giving shape to an idea.

To elaborate through visual art suggestions coming from everyday life, from memory, concepts related to magic and apotropaic symbols. Art in some way has always given me the opportunity to go beyond my limits and push me towards new horizons to improve myself.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Having the freedom to be able to create my works by listening to music in my studio, reading books, and having ideas that don’t let me sleep peacefully because of the desire and frenzy to make them happen.

What is my greatest fear?
I don’t answer for reasons of superstition.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

I mention a few: Marina Abramovic, Nike Cave, El Anatsui, Chiharu Shiota, Christian Boltanski

What is my greatest extravagance?

One night I dreamed of Joseph Beuys, I was incredulous, I touched him and asked him: is that really you? I asked him: how does a work of art have to be, to be great? He replied: The artist must enter the deepest meanderings of his own psyche and fears and turn himself into a work of art.

On what occasion would I lie?

Now, on no occasion, rather than lying I’d prefer to stay silent. 

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?


When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

Whenever I completed a project, but especially when I managed to publish the book “Arte e ricerca Etnografica. Il laùru: i luoghi, gli incontri, le testimonianze. Progedit 2018″ entering the editorial series Anthropology and Mediterranean directed by Professor Eugenio Imbriani.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

At the moment I don’t want to change anything, sometimes I wonder what it would have been like if I were a man instead of a woman, I think chauvinism is still very present, for a woman’s life is much more complicated. 

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Working on projects that stimulate my mind.

Where would I most like to live?

I believe that every place can be a resource or a cage, the place is but a mental state. Personally, I cannot imagine myself in just one place for a lifetime. I like to travel and enjoy of all that each place can offer me. The only true thing is that I could not live far from my olive trees and vineyards for too long, as they represent the landscape of my genealogical roots.

What is my most treasured possession?

My son Giosuè

What is my most marked characteristic?

Probably my jaw, an index of strength and determination according to physiognomy and according to my dentist ready to make irony on my masseter.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The suburbs just before of the countryside

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I find that it is difficult to find a single place where you can eat everything well, there are places where they cook fish well, others where they make an excellent roast and others a good pizza. I like to discover new places to eat well around Puglia and beyond.

What books influenced my life and how?

Each period of my life has had different influencers, essays and readings on art, psychology, anthropology, without neglecting fairy tales and popular stories; I think of the works of De Martino, Revelli, Scotellaro, Fiore, La Cecla, Lèvy, Galimberti, Eco, Poli, Crespi, Pinkola Estes, Gibran, Márquez

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

I would like varied playlists: lyric, classic, pop, hard rock, metal, punk

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

As a child I had a lot of heroes, perhaps the most poignant was “Tiger Man”, a wrestler who fought to financially support a small orphanage, “Dolce Remy” a child who together with a street artist in the company of some animals traveled the world in search of his mother, “Bem the human monster”, a horror cartoon, still today I find myself humming some of these theme song to entertain my son. Today I would say Clint Eastewood, Robin Williams, Anthony Hopkins and Christian Bale.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My great-grandparents, my grandparents, my parents, farmers who have split their backs with hard work and who have always had great values and dignity. Great respect for the citizens of Taranto and for all the cancer patients who struggle to live.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

There are many, the first that comes to mind is “Inceptionby Christopher Nolan

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art has a very important role in my life, art is my life.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My family, my friends but also my collaborators, curators, gallery owners.

Whom would I like to work with in 2020?

I am always open to new collaborations as long as they are related and respectful of my research and poetry beyond commercial and market purposes.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2020?

I am working on two new publications, texts that bring together the combination of art and ethnography, as well as an installation.  Would love to meet for instance Massimiliano Gioni and Klaus Biesenbach. 

How can you contact me?

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