Tiny Talks is an interview series with Tiny Spoon’s talented contributors. This week we spoke with Guilherme Bergamini from Issue 8, Cut/Copy/Paste: The Original! Find his work, “Contractions” in our eighth issue!
Tiny Spoon: What kindles your creativity?
Guilherme: Experiencing each phase that is presented in my life. Experimenting with narrative possibilities and how to tell each story that arises in my creative process.
Tiny Spoon: Are there any artists/ heroines/ idols/ friends that you look up to?
Guilherme: There are so many inspirations that I don’t intend to number them, so as not to be unfair or forget someone who is so important to me. But I say that the various forms of artistic and cultural manifestations are a sum of learnings, inspirations that allow me to mature my way of making art.
Tiny Spoon: Are there any natural entities that move your work?
Guilherme: Yes, nature is the greatest material and immaterial asset that I can contemplate and be inspired by. Without her, my works would be empty.
Tiny Spoon: We love insight into the creative process. Could you share what it is like for you, either with your work that appears in Tiny Spoon or in general?
Guilherme: “Contractions” was one of my most important and significant works. These postcards were sent in the period leading up to the birth of my daughter Malu and a few days after her birth.
Each postcard tells feelings and experiences that I lived in that moment that I say was the most beautiful of my life, the birth of my greatest masterpiece, my daughter.
Following an aesthetic line of mail art, an artistic movement of the mid-twentieth century, the collages were made from photographs of facades in the city of Havana, Cuba and images of roads taken in several trips I took in my State, Minas Gerais, which by the way, it presents an indescribable natural beauty.
Tiny Spoon: Do you have any current or future projects that you are working on that you would like to share?
Guilherme: Yes, I have a work “Sands inventory” which is an imagery documentation of the urbanization process around Fazenda das Areias, my family’s rural property located in the municipality of Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
This work began in 2006 and is currently under development.
Other works that are in progress are shorter in terms of production time but dialogue with current issues such as social isolation due to the pandemic and the emotional issue of a transsexual in her work routine.
Tiny Spoon: What book, artwork, music, etc., would you recommend to others?
Guilherme: I nominate Brazilian Popular Music in its most diverse aspects and artists such as Milton Nascimento, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Tim Maia, Caetano Veloso, Elis Regina, Elza Soares, Zeca Baleiro…. Brazil is a country rich in literature, writers, poets such as Carlos Drumond de Andrade, Manuel Bandeira, Carolina Maria de Jesus, Cecília Meireles, Machado de Assis, João Cabral de Melo Neto, Clarice Lispector, Graciliano Ramos, Guimarães Rosa, Adélia Prado, Conceição Evaristo…
Tiny Spoon: Is there anything else you would like others to know about you, your creations, or beyond?
Guilherme: I just want you to know that art for me is liberating, resistance and meaning for my life.
Tiny Spoon: Where can people learn more about what you do? (website, social media, etc., if you wish to share it)
Tiny Spoon: Do you have photographs or images you would like us to share?
Guilherme: I would like to share my third independent publication, Carta Branca (White card), an imagery critique of the tragic Brazilian police in recent years. The photobook undersigns the photographs and graphic design where the publication was a finalist last year in the Hong Kong Photobook Dummy Award and Photobook Week Aarhus in Denmark, in addition to being present in libraries and exhibitions in 13 countries. Discover the photobook here.