SoPARTS Spotlight: Rafaela Lopez

Rafaela Lopez (1988) is an artist based in Paris working in between her own collaborative practice and the independent art space DOC.

Pigeons (l'habit fait le moine), 2016, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR - Photo Credit: Atelier Diptik Source: Rafaela Lopez

Pigeons (l'habit fait le moine), 2016, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR - Photo Credit: Atelier Diptik
Source: Rafaela Lopez

What drives you to wake up in the morning & what keeps you up at night?
Culture and social beliefs keep me up at night and wake me up in the morning.

 Why making art?
By passion and because I believe that art and more generally culture has a main role to play for societies to be better.

What were your motivations to get involved with social concerns? Are there any specific issues do you try to address or express through your art?
I guess the specific issues I try to express in my work are the relationships in between individuals and the collective. How each individual can exist into a collective and a community and how each of them can bring his / her talent, qualities, differences etc.

 For every pain, there is a pill. For both personal and social “pains”, what is your medicine?Party, culture, good food and wines. I truly believe that parties and culture are two important spaces to gather and health people.

Trivial BBQ, 2014-2015, Flat Time House, London, UK - Photo credit: John Hill Source: Rafaela Lopez

Trivial BBQ, 2014-2015, Flat Time House, London, UK - Photo credit: John Hill
Source: Rafaela Lopez

What is a normal day for you like during the artistic process? Do you have any rituals in the studio/workspace?
I’m waking up, having a breakfast and reading at the press and emails. Then I dress up and go to DOC where I usually check some stuffs with the administrators and then go to my studio from where I do some research and chat with people I’m working with. I don’t have specific rituals except smoking cigarets and drinking coffee.

What does community mean to you? How does that community affect your creative output?
Community means for me the association of various individuals for a same goal / aim / belief. It definitely affects my creative output as my work is about that, about gathering various people around a same art project.

Can you give us a quick list of influences? (books, movies, other artists, etc)
Artists : Jeremy Deller, Urs Fisher, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Christian Marclay, Andy Warhol, René Magritte, Francis Picabia, Tino Sehgal, Marcel Duchamp, Hito Steyer, Rachel Maclean, Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson, Lucky PDF, Ugo Rondinone, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Corentin Canesson, Patrick Goddard, Kenneth Anger…

Movies / filmmakers : Eric Rohmer, Alain Cavallier, Martin Scorcese, Woody Allen, Chris Marker, Visconti, Quentin Tarantino, Jacques Demy, Jacques Tati, Roberto Rosselini, Stanley Kubrick, Maurice Pialat, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Ridley Scott, Alfred Hitchcock, Les Aventuriers, Miazaki, Alain Resnais, La piscine, Robin Wood (with Erol Flynn)…

Writers : Patrice Blouin, Deleuze & Guattari, Le comité invisible, Flaubert, Balzac, Hugo, Colette, Jane Austen, George Perec, Francis Ponge, Stendhal, Bret Easton Ellis, Michel Houellebecq, Edgar Morin, Elie During, Michel de Certeau…

Is there anything you would change in your life, if you had the chance? In the world?
My life is very fine. Maybe just the institutions and other project spaces to give artist fees more often. In the world, too many things. But we are working and fighting every day for it.


 Contact info: rafaelalopez.net