The artist Miriam Laura Leonardi was born in Lörrach. She has received a diploma in photography in Paris and a Master of Fine Arts with distinction from the ZHdK in Zurich. Leonardi works with drawing, performance, sculpture and video. She constructs objects with hints of film and literature. Her first solo exhibition “Models” (2014) featured video and audio works at Plymouth Rock in Zurich. Further exhibitions were on display at the Istituto Svizerro Rom, the Tbilisi 16 in Georgia and the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo. She has participated in the Swiss Art Awards exhibition in 2016.
In our interview she explains the difference between financial support and the necessity of earning money for living.
SAA: What fosters art?
MLL: Language, Distribution and Information in Abundance.
SAA: Does financial support expand creativity?
MLL: Money can’t expand creativity, because it’s lack shouldn’t be an obstruction for thinking. I like to believe that each thought and work of art demands for another realization and in some cases this process costs, in others it doesn’t. Then, financial support or earning money for living in society and paying one’s bills as well as having time is a very different thing than having someone pay for the production of an artwork or shopping at the Bauhaus. When those two worlds collide it gets messy.
SAA: Should art belong to the private or public?
MLL: For me, the most interesting ideas are the ones that leave their materiality behind and become independent of whom their physical form belongs.