Reverse interview with Alfredo Aceto

He was defined as “a young artist who wants to join the art world passing thorugh the main entrance, possibly asking for someone who can open the door for him or get him a pair of keys.” I met him at the exhibition he had last year in Turin, the place where he was born 23 years ago. I met Alfredo again at the end of september during his artistic residency in NY. Here’s what happened during one of our conversations. Enjoy it.

Eleonora Castagna: Why are you here in New York?

Alfredo Aceto: Next question, please.

So why are you not in Switzerland (Alfredo lives and works in Lausanne), since in a little while there are going to be lots of artistic events in Europe (Fiac, Artissima etc.)?

Because I wanted to meet you.

Do you think that an artistic residency could be a good place for collaborations?

Just for culinary collaborations.

With which kind of luggages did you come to the US?

A big bag full of cows’ hearts, the ones that I used to analyze during science class at the French school.

When you wake up you…

I start working. Working seriously is like to have an obsession. Healthy people don’t work too seriously.

Did you go run even this morning?

Yes, and in the meanwhile I was reading tarot cards on my phone.

Did you read your horoscope today?

I prefer to be surprised.

With whom did you have dinner yesterday?

I went to this fancy restaurant with a few friends and two female models. I’d have liked to fill their faces with a milky ginger-banana smoothie: I wanted to make them up and leave them there.

Do you think they could be sold as one of your artwork?

Don’t be stupid.

You take cabs all the time to go around the City. Why don’t you take the metro?

I don’t want to let the others see me, I want to see everything and I don’t want to leave tracks of my passage.

Let’s talk about two American icons: Winnie De Pooh or Superman?

The fact is that both of them were sent to the convent run by mother superior Bridget to expiate their sins. Winnie was harassed by his brother during a party, while Superman is an orphan and he’s drawing the attention of the other guys: they are accusing him of being gay.

Where did you leave the whale (cfr. Alfredo’s work “NGC 6543”)?

Now it belongs to Memo, an adorable collector who’s always colorfully dressed. I like to imagine him sleeping near the whale in his huge garden.

An artist, a colleague who’s giving you inspiration right now.

Luca Olivieri. He works at Wall Street for Lavazza. Spending time together made us discover our ability to really focus. And Gianni Vattimo as well: with him, I discovered how to get younger.

Due to the fact that you’re so young, what is the main thing people complain about you?

Sometimes I’m too fragile, sometimes I’m too strong.

You just joined the artists’ roster at the Bugada & Cargnel gallery in Paris. What do you expect from that?

Things go on naturally. I actually miss them a lot; it would be so nice to see them tonight for a dinner in our Greek restaurant in Belleville.

A thing that you would like me to ask you?

The political transformations of 2000 are leading society to constantly shift the relationship with the Past and History. In which way are we, the artists, taking part in this process?

Give yourself an answer.

During these last few years, in lots of exhibitions there are phantasmagorical presences: they are not Romanticist phantoms, but they’re deriving from a virtual world. This thing is changing the nature of images themselves.

Talking about process, towards which direction are your works going?

I get by, everyday. But you shouldn’t ask me, you should ask my works.

What about your ideal relationship?

She works, she creates my works of art, she fixes the car. I call for sushi and I choose the dye for the walls.

During these days, you’re thinking a lot about…

The salad we’re going to share for lunch.

Alfredo Aceto. Photograph by Alberto Risi

Alfredo Aceto. Photograph by Alberto Risi

Artist Alfredo Aceto

Alfredo Aceto in Moncalieri (Italy) in 2014. Photograph by Alberto Risi

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