From left to right: Artur Balder, director of the film, José Manuel Ciria, featured artist, and José María Sanz-Magallón, CEO of Telefónica Internacional USA, esponsor. Photo by Meatpacking Productions / Ambrose Eng
We told you some weeks ago about “Ciria pronounced Ciria”, Artur Balder´s latest documentary. The New York based director of “Little Spain” brings this time a realistic documentary about the renowned Spanish abstract painter Jose Manuel Ciria. Latin Recap brings you this exclusive interview with the Spanish American filmmaker and writer.
Latin Recap: In this film there two aspects: on one hand the art industry, and on the other the artist and his creative process. Is this a deliberate choice?
Artur Balder: Yes, it´s my answer to a structural need. At first, I wanted to analyze the artist from an external perspective: how the others see him. And then from an internal perspective, how he is, how he sees himself and the creative process as close as possible.
LR: What did you learn about the creative process with this documentary?
AB: It´s an industry that depends on the market, its dynamics are very different from others commodities. For example, as an investment objet his consumption doesn´t decrease in recession times, but can increase. Though this is only in the case of renowned and well established artists. For artists in lower levels it’s the opposite, because people don´t want to take the risk and sales from unknown or emerging artists decline.
Regardless of that, doing the documentary I realized that the artist has to make many sacrifices to engage in the market machinery and, ultimately, the market is incompatible with creation. However, the artist needs the market to grow.
LR: Why is the film interesting to the audience?
AB: My film invites the viewer to better understand abstract art from the particular perspective of an artist. Allows you to enter the creative process, I think this is the most interesting, because it attempts to approach the mysteries of creation: all these internal and usually painful phases that can lead to the emergence of a single object which we consider work of art.
You can watch the trailer here: