Interview with Bayrol Jimenez
q)Please tell us your name and where you practice.
a)Bayrol Jimenez, I work in
q) Why do you make art?
q) How do you work ?
a)I m focus on drawing from that point I can go to installation, video or sculpture.
q) What´s your background?
a)I went to the National School of Art in Mexico city for a couple of years this formation was more technique but then I changed of School, I went for a couple of years to "Villa Arson" in Nice, France where I had the chance of work with people who were critic in order to push you take different options that you have in the process of creation, I been moving around the last 3 years learning more of experiences.
q) What role does the artist have in society?
a)Art has to work as something that can show the many ways that life can work, in a way it has to work as an antibody against the virus of mass control.
q) What was a seminal experience for you ?
a)The fact of been able to live in different countries gives you a different way to see life, to realized the importance of other cultures and to appreciate yours.
q) Has your practice changed over time ?
a)its always in a process.
q) What art do you most identify with ?
q) What´s your strongest memory of your childhood ?
a)I was lucky to lived in the country side, I grew up in a little
q) What themes do you pursue ?
a)I like to work with different subjects every time, I try to work with a social themes that I mix with an imaginary exercise.
q) Describe a real life experience that inspired you.
a)Everyday its a real life experience
q) What´s your most embarrassing moment ?
q) What jobs have you done other than being an artist ?
a)To do art you have to work in many things, I worked in shops, bars, restaurants all that kind of stuff that gives you a little bit of money...
q) What responses have you had to your work ?
a)I dont know, I´m lucky to have done a couple of projects and I m happy to keep working on art but its hard to say that I had a good or bad response because I have a long way to go yet...
q) What do you dislike about the artworld ?
a)when art becomes egocentric!
q) What research do you do ?
a)I enjoy doing research, thats the based of any kind of project and I m a curious person, so from real experiences to books, literature, cinema, music etc... I m quiet obsessive with cinema for example.
q) What is your dream project?
a)every project at some point works as a dream then it becomes a mutation of reality.
q) What´s the best piece of advice you have been given ?
a)Don´t live of art!!
q) What couldn’t you do without?
q) What makes you angry?
q) What is your worst quality?
a)I m a little bit obsessive sometimes with the things I like that of course can be annoying!!
q) Dogs or Cats ?
q) Making art is a lot like being on lsd. Know what I mean ?
a)Well drugs, meditation, high levels of concentration, spiritualism, shamanism all those kind of things can bring you something good or something bad not only in art but in life, I believe that those are tools that the human being should used for good and creativity because it opens the view of perception, but it can also be just an excuse of selfish behavior to have a good time...
q) What does “ copy” mean to you ?
a)I agree with this idea of Gilles Deleuze about "le vol createur", when we make a good copy , when we make better than the original, we create. But when we make a bad copy when we stay below the original WE BETRAY!
q) What´s your favorite cuss word ?
a)"chingar" its a mexican word that its in a continuos mutation, it means a lot of things from "screew" to "joke" for example....