MiniView with Daniela Libertad

Daniela Libertad is one of our favorite people on the planet.

She is generous with her time, thoughts, and laughter. As a technical artist whose work looks at the foundations of art like the composition of a line, she explores the many formal possibilities it can possess. Daniela, once again, offers her time here in this short interview just for us.


AArte: What do you consider to be your job title?

DL: I am a visual artist
AArte: Where do you live and where are you from originally?

DL: I was born in Mexico City, raised in Cuautitlán Izcalli (Edo. Mex.) and I currently live in Mexico City.

AArte: What brought you to Mexico or why have you stayed in Mexico (If you are from here)?

DL: I have stayed in Mexico City because the city has been extremely generous to me. Both mine and my husbands jobs are here, my family and friends are here too, I have met brilliant people, and I think interesting things within the art scene in Mexico City are taking place.

AArte: How does Mexico influence your work?

DL: Mexico has been going through really rough times, we do not trust our politicians and institutions, we have learned how to live within corrupted structures, the normalization of everyday violence is trying to numb the population. It is a mess, and still people are trying to do their best every single day, fighting for justice, looking for their loved ones and helping each other. What can I say? This situation confronts me everyday, understanding how privileged I am to do what I do, to be alive and to have my family and friends with me. I feel I need to work harder in my field to help to build a rigorous context. Maybe from there I can help with something to someone, since the hard work of others has helped me to grow too.

AArte: What other artists/happenings/movements are you interested in right now?

DL: I am studying a book/catalog called Formless: A User's Guide by Rosalind Krauss and Yve-Alain Bois. I am interested in knowing more about the idea of the Formless. So, I am learning from to the Art Informel movement and specifically studying Jean Dubuffet's work.

AArte: What are you reading?
DL: Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott

AArte: Who or what is your favorite thing about the city right now?

My neighborhood (La Narvarte) I like going back to my place and working at my house and the Biblioteca Vasconcelos.
AArte: What do you have forthcoming that you’re really excited about?  

DL: Life!

AArte: How has Atravesarte contributed to your work or connectivity?

DL: I love to have visits form the Atravesarte groups, it makes me happy to share the things I have studied, doubts, questions, thoughts and things I have come to understand while working. Meeting graduate students from the US who are trying to figure out what was the next step after graduating has been a beautiful experience for me, since I was once in their place too. 

Atravesarte pays attention to the two ends of the bridge and holds a party in the middle. 

Tanya Diaz