"Ok, London, oh God. It’s so big to put it into a person... So, what I see is a painting, somehow.”
I rarely post original transcriptions, but some conversations can transmit better when they are left “row”.
I met Matt at the beginning of this project, in Valencia in spring 2015. He used to live in London, where I live now. He hated it. I remember he was “afraid” not to give right answers. But as I constantly repeat, it’s only important to have emotions which reveal (any kind of) relationship with the city.
And Matt surely had a relationship with London. It wasn’t easy, but it was intense, full of struggle, as life itself mostly is.
More then 2 and a half years after, I met Romina, an artist from Chile, now based in South Hampton. From all interviews I sent her, she chose this one to illustrate.
These are the excerpts from the interview: “The guy is just sitting there and sort of on his own and drinking a coffee and it’s really… LONELY. It’s a very lonely painting.
Now if you could somehow make that into the tube, to the metro, and everybody is just sitting there and just not speaking. It might be packed, but nobody’s speaking. That would be the one.
Q: What is your need to do? To scream?
Almost, yeah. But nobody will let you scream. Because nobody would scream, they would all just look at you. You can scream if you want. That’s the nice thing, maybe you can scream but the police might arrest you.
At the very instant, I hear sounds. Which is very mechanical, very... Almost like a factory, and it actually was a bit like a factory. You didn’t have time to enjoy, you didn’t have time to prepare, you didn’t have time to study, once you left college you were so desperate trying to make money to live. Desperate to make money.
London. No chance to escape.
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