135 artists are taking part in "Inside Job" which takes place on the 7th and 8th of April on Level 6 of Tate Modern. Over the next few weeks The Rebel Magazine will be chatting to some of the Tate staff who are showing their artwork. Today it's the turn of Klarita Pandolfi-Carr
Q) Where did you grow up and what kind of education did you receive?
"I was born and grew up in Rome, Italy, and Rome is also where I studied. I have a diploma in Drama (with an essay on the use of light in Caravaggio’s paintings) and a degree in Modern Literature from the Sapienza University, but I worked for long time as an assistant to a sculptor and a photographer in between job as an actress and stage manager. My father was an amateur photographer and as a child I was surrounded by cameras of all types, enlargers and, films and acid! From these experiences I developed a passion for the visual arts that I started cultivating even more when I moved to London 20 years ago. I have been involved in a number of group exhibitions in the UK as a curator as well. My favourite media are images, objects and sound. Favourite subjects to explore are: gender identity, religion, politics and mysteries of nature. I have never been good at drawing and painting, I wasn’t given that gift, but the work of others is a major source of inspiration and appreciation."
Q) How long have you been working at the Tate and what's the best show you've seen there?
Long time, 18 years, almost all of my London life has been spent at Tate. In all these years the shows I saw and loved are too many to mention but will try to remember the ones that really impressed me at an emotional and personal level:
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (2004) with the works of Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas and Gothic Nightmares (2006)
Q) What can you tell me about the work you're exhibiting in the Tate Modern show?
I am presenting the first series (a triptych of photos) from a project I have been working on recently, and that I am hoping it will result in the near future in a curated exhibition involving other artists.
It’s a study on the power of nature over highly urbanised environments. After spending a number of years commuting to central London I rediscovered the beauty and the mystery of natural spaces within the city, and their beneficial effects on human mind, body and creativity. Nature can also help cities solve major environmental and social challenges.
Q) How can people find out more about your work - do you have a website or do Instagram?
I do have a website but it’s mostly to advertise and promote music and art events, one of my other activities (www.kaparte.info), and all my recent work can be found on Instagram (www.instagram.com/klaritakaparte/) .
Q) What's the best thing about working at the Tate?
"There is more than one reason to like working for Tate. I would say the people, the architecture (of both TB and TM) and the constant research for innovation and improvement as an organization."