Interview: Luciana Abait
My name is Luciana Abait. I’m originally from Argentina and I’ve lived in the United States for the last 23 years. My work deals with environmental issues, at the same time, it wants to show people the urgency of climate change. My work aims to reproduce in the public the feeling that they experience when they saw a natural wonder for the very first time, for example, when they saw the ocean for the very first time or when they saw a waterfall for the very first time—that moment of joy, of excitement, of pure amazement. So that’s what I tried to recreate with my work. All my works deal with the themes of nature.
I’ve been working with the theme of water for the last 20 years. So water is a very familiar element in my work. I’ve been working with photography. I’ve been compiling photographs of water from all over the world. This video is a culmination of all these documentation of photographs that I’ve taken throughout the years. This is my first immersive piece that I ever create. The idea with it is that people do not just experience it as a two-dimensional piece, but they kind of complete the piece, their whole bodies are part of the piece and they kind of experience the piece.
I created this piece having the public in mind, and I really want the public to be immersed in this installation. This piece wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for all the public that are interacting with the artwork every single minute. I’m really amazed by the emotional connection that people show with the piece. I mean, I know that people would react in a very positive manner with a piece because water is such an essential element.