Los Carpinteros

L'officiel Art - - Backstage Introspection - In­ter­view by Ya­mi­na Be­naï pp 106-113

Duos in art are not very com­mon. How do you work to­ge­ther? What is your crea­tive pro­cess? D: It's com­pli­ca­ted to work to­ge­ther, but af­ter 25 years I think we're get­ting there. In ge­ne­ral, there are ques­tions such as, Who si­gns this? Who does that? Who goes there? It was hard to es­cape that. On the other hand, you have to take into ac­count that the art world tends to se­gre­gate teams be­cause it seems dif­fi­cult to back them for the long haul. M: Are we real­ly se­gre­ga­ted? D: To­tal­ly. It was twice as dif­fi­cult to get the art world's at­ten­tion, and we get it now on­ly be­cause we've been doing this over twen­ty years. M: True. Lon­ge­vi­ty is an im­por­tant is­sue. A single per­son is single fo­re­ver. There's no doubt a single per­son will stay whole, but a duo can break. Since we ha­ven't bro­ken, we are stron­ger for it. D: We are a de­mo­cra­cy, constant­ly boun­cing ideas back and forth, loo­king to be chal­len­ged and to reach a consen­sus out­side our­selves. M: (laughs) Yes, we have to lob­by now, and this chan­ged the way we create over time. But we ha­ven't made a par­ti­cu­lar ef­fort to stay to­ge­ther. It just hap­pe­ned.

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