Purple Magazine
— Purple 76 Index issue 29

Marsico giulia

portrait by SARAH CHARLIE BENJAMIN
interview by MAURIZIO CATTELAN and MARTA PAPINI

MAURIZIO CATTELAN — Do you consider yourself an artist?

GIULIA MARSICO — I consider myself an artist, but I don’t consider art my profession.

MAURIZIO CATTELAN — Is online representation transforming the way we think and produce art? 

GIULIA MARSICO — Definitely. The Web has changed almost everything: communication, consumption, creation, you name it. Social media has made it easier to share work and ignite conversations. What I like about digital is how it puts power in the hands of those who don’t normally have it. Specifically, art that lives mostly online isn’t controlled by art institutions deeming it worthy, so expression is more fluid.

MAURIZIO CATTELAN — Would you say your online profile is part of your reality, or is it more of a cooler alter ego?

GIULIA MARSICO — I play wth my ego, but social media is a very limited, curated facet of my life. For the most part, it’s self-promotion.

MAURIZIO CATTELAN — Which Instagram profile do you wish you knew in real life? 

GIULIA MARSICO — Off the top of my head, no one really. I don’t really buy into celebrity culture, either.

MAURIZIO CATTELAN — Do you ever delete an image after posting it?

GIULIA MARSICO — Yes. Recently I’ve refrained from posting personal content on my feed. Spikes in Instagram traffic give me anxiety — there are so many eyes on you. The more followers I have, the less personal content I want to be showing.

MAURIZIO CATTELAN — For whom are you posting?

GIULIA MARSICO — For myself.

MAURIZIO CATTELAN — Whom is art for?

GIULIA MARSICO — Everyone!

MAURIZIO CATTELAN — What was the first piece of art that really mattered to you?

GIULIA MARSICO — Probably a Willem de Kooning piece.

MAURIZIO CATTELAN — Do you feel like your work is against the system? If so, which system? 

GIULIA MARSICO — Yes, but I also play within the system to fight it. The main system I challenge is censorship on social media.

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Purple 76 Index issue 29

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