The Heroine’s Journey of Lisi Prada

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

I love video art because this is my best way of expression. I’m out the conventional and economical lines, then I’m free to create.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

I don’t believe in total concepts but in their search and approach. Happiness is about little things and I can find it when I follow my own desire, when I do what I feel passionated for.

What is my greatest fear?

Ridicule. At the social level, the dehumanization produced by the capitalist system.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

My timidity, that doesn’t allow me to express myself.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Pipilotti Rist and Bill Viola.

What is my greatest extravagance?

Domestication and been domesticated by Lepidopters 🙂

On what occasion would I lie?

I hate lies. Only I endure with it in the fiction texts and movies. However, all we have lied some time…

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

Repetitions and inevitable mechanics actions but I enjoy all phases of my work, I love to shoot images and also to edit them.

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

The firststime I won a Dot and Line prize [and MADATAC, one month later] at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofĂ­a [MNCARS], 2011 november.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Timidity and my selfconfidence lack.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

It makes me happy to end a work, above all when it happens fluidly. On the other hand, I feel happy each time I show my work, both if it is a prestigious Museum or Gallery, an alternative space or a small village. It is a great satisfaction to know that my work has been shown in thirty nine countries.

Where would I most like to live?

Nowhere and everywhere. I’d love to be nomadic. Especially, I love Greece [it’s the country I’ve visited more times].

What is my most treasured possession?

Friends, family, essays, poetry, music, films and… my own works.

What is my most marked characteristic?

My friend Poni Micharvegas says that fascination is my strength and I could add my willpower. I also think it’s never too late to start to make your dreams come true.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

My home window and the old garden of my work place.

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

My home and friends’ one. If I go out to eat, I preffer Japanese food.

What books influenced my life and how?

Complete works by Freud and Lacan because they increased my point of view about human nature, desire and a the unknown of unconsciousness. The Idiot by Dostoievsky because I agree a serendipity can transform all your life.

Who are my favorite writers?

Leonora Carrington, Lewis Carroll, Unica ZĂĽrn, MarĂ­a Zambrano, F. Kafka, J. Verne, Homero, Edgar Allan Poe, Borges, GarcĂ­a Marquez, Julio Cortázar, James Joyce, Pessoa and his heteronyms, Thomas Mann, Robert Walser, Naguib Mahfuz, Gerald Durrel, Marguerite Yourcenar, Marguerite Duras, Ovidio, Mary Renault, Dante Alighieri, Heraclito, Parmenides, Sartre, Camus, Foucault, Bordieu, Walter Benjamin, John Berger, Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, A. G. Calvo, Junichiro Tanizaki, Simone Weil, Juan de la Cruz, JosĂ© Angel Valente, A. Machado and Abel MartĂ­n, F. G. Lorca, Leopoldo Panero, Garcilaso, Lope de Vega, Virgilio, Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, H. Doolittle, Virginia Woolf, Goethe, Hölderlin, CĂ©sar Vallejo…

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

Zbigniew Preisner, Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski): Song For The Unification Of Europe [Lyrics adapted from Corinthians 13]. Carl Orff, Carmina Burana: Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi. W. A. Mozart, Requiem: Lacrimosa.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

I don’t have. Pippi LĂĄngstrump and Alice in Wonderland, in any case.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My mother and my father; I admire their iron will y and their love for life.

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

Ten Minutes Older by Herz Frank. Dubliners by Jhon Huston. Fake by Orson Wells. Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren. Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt by Walther Ruttman. Der Himmel ĂĽber Berlin by Wim Wenders. Blade Runner by Ridley Scott, more than once if possible…

What role plays art in my life and work?

It’s my passion, Art is my life…

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

Vanessa Atalanta, a lephidoptera 🙂

Whom would I like to work with in 2017?

Hito Steyerl

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017?

Undoubtedly, Hito Steyerl, but it is not easy, it wuold be a greet chance

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on?

A work about Chicho Sánchez Ferlosio and a poetry film about refugees situation.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017?

January 1-6, Casa de la Cultura de Cusco, Colombia. January 20: ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany. February 3 – 18 Niavaran Cultural Center Tehrán, Iran. February 12 – 18 Centro Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain. February 18, Art Space, Tel Aviv, Israel. March 19, High school Kalamata, Greece. April 1, Plymouth University, UK. April 4 – 9, Camaguey, Cuba [I got the first prize an FIVAC]. April 18-19 CĂłrdoba National University, Argentina. April 26 – May 14, Centro Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain. May 7, Twixt lab, Athens, Greece.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

These words inspires me because I found my way only few years ago, I think ‘it’s never too late to begin’

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Alice Guy may be the true heroine but it’s not here anymore. Among a few interesting friends, I can recommend you Carmen Isasi, who left his work to devote himself to art.

How can you contact me?

In my web page: www.produccionesinmateriales.com
https://vimeo.com/lisiprada
https://www.facebook.com/lisiprada
https://twitter.com/lisiprada