On May 15th, we hosted a creative workshop with founding duo Camila Aneyra and Mauricio Varcarcel, where music and art were experienced in an open drawing room at our gallery in San Blas. For them, everything is a collaborative process. Her partner Mauricio(Espacio Alto y Plano), creates live soundscapes for the drawing experiences, setting the ambiance to different public, private, open or closed spaces.
"The project is like a backpack, it can be taken to all kinds of places to share."
In a conversation with Camilla, we asked what inspires and fuels their collaborative works and its impact as a creative couple.
XG: What inspired you and Mauricio to create Carnicería de Papel?
The synergy of sound and visuals was something that resonated strongly with both of us. Before we met we agreed on the search for answers through art. This project is an alliance of companionship. On the one hand he collaborates with the sound in Espacio Alto y Plano and on the other hand we generate that union of creating through listening through Carnicería de Papel. We go hand in hand, we support each other because the inspiration is always there, it comes with a force and furthermore, we do what we love.
XG: What are your individual professional/creative backgrounds and how does that influence your joint collaborations?
We both regularly work on projects of individual experimentation. Mauricio works in traditional animation, sound and compilation. He also has his vinyl collection. His work is very extensive and he teaches me things that are wonderful for Carnicería. As for me, I've been illustrating all my life, I like to collaborate with flyer covers and personal diaries that I was able to show in an exhibition last year.
XG: Where are you from?
We are both from Arequipa. Mauro grew up in Tacna but lived for many years in Europe where he studied everything that he does now. In my case, I stayed here for a long time. I studied architecture but I always gave myself time to draw. I traveled for a while and it helped a lot to know the art of different settings. That's why now Carnicería de Papel is managed with such experience and somehow solves the existential doubts and sorrows in this wonderful way.
XG: What impact do you hope to have on people through this practice of listening and drawing?
The impact is simple. To understand that creation is free, it can be ugly, beautiful, etc. But the most important thing is to reach that state of concentration that gives us the freedom to create, to that essence that for many is alien to us. With this project, we manage to find that fluidity to express ourselves.
XG: What are some of the future projects you would like to do together and how can a platform like Xapiri Ground help?
Escucha y Dibuja will be here for a while, as long as I am alive it will continue. With Mauricio we want to get equipment to perform our work in different environments and make the experience grow within a collaborative network. Although we don't make a profit from what we do, we would love to realize it in the future. At the sound level, Mauricio can implement many projects to share with Xapiri Ground and I would love to be able to make a sample of what we do, as an exhibition. We are already allies in a network and can connect with more people in different parts of the world to continue to achieve several workshops that touch the Soul.
Carnicería de Papel like to activate these "draw freely" experiences once a month. The program is then broadcasted and everyone can participate from home by sending their drawing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They also publish a monthly digital magazine where they interview and feature different graphic artists. More than a workshop, it is a visceral experience and a network in which everyone is free to participate.