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Andrea Quiñones Rubio Artist/Writer

Today we are talking with Andrea Quiñones Rubio, Chilean based in Venezuela since 1978, very talented who today tells us about her beautiful work and her artistic experience.

Astrid: Tell us about all your virtues as an artist.

Andrea: I think that the greatest virtue I have is the ability to be moved by the sensitivity that manages to project those who dedicate themselves to the artistic-cultural work through what they are and their works. I can see and feel that of “the Other”, which has allowed me to be a producer of artists and their works, even leaving aside my own desires, personal and artistic projects. Since the pandemic arrived I took a turn and resumed my artistic projects with a beautiful team of friends produce me, I assumed to direct a cultural magazine, of chronicles of Caracas that until December was printed. It has been a challenge, as well as an honor to be in charge of a magazine that in 10 years has 5 national journalism awards and has outstanding editors, columnists, illustrators, photographers and excellent editorial team.

Astrid: Of all the things you work in, what do you enjoy doing the most?

Andrea: I’ve had the opportunity to learn and do a lot of things, trying to do my best. All are my passions, with some I spend more time, with others I have had concrete final products. Each one has its charms, I like goldsmithing a lot, as well as painting, with them I develop creativity and motor capacity, but it demands a lot of time and it is necessary to have a workshop. I love photography but in 2018 I was robbed of all my professional photographic equipment. Theater, creating audiovisual products and developing cultural projects is what I do today. This forces me to create and execute as a team and I love that. Poetry is present daily and is what saves me, every time I am dying.

Astrid: Do you think that women in a certain way in the XXI century are still excluded from the arts?

Andrea: I cannot make invisible that efforts are made for inclusion, from public cultural policies, laws and the work of women themselves to show it. The number of women in workplaces previously occupied by men has been increasing, not only because we are winning this fight, but because the issue of economic independence or being mother-fathers has forced us to do so, but we continue to fight for power parity. There are few women who reach positions of direction, management that allow us to make decisions that are not subordinate to men, a thing that seems incredible when the work of women brings great profits in the world economy and the cultural industry.

Astrid: Tell us about your experience with poetry.

Andrea: I see poetry in everything, in the image, in the smells, in the tastes, in what he touched, in what I hear, I even see and feel poetry in people.

I started writing a few poems in my teens, although when I was little I loved to invent songs of my own. I got married very young and when I made the decision to divorce, about 20 years ago, I started writing to pulverize myself, rebuild myself and not die trying.

Astrid: Do you think your work has an impact on society?

Andrea: Everything we do generates an impact, some on a smaller or larger scale, but he just made someone participate and change his life for the better, it is already important. I think that having been one of the producers of the 2008 Coproductions of the National Dance Company was a project that generated a great impact, it was at the national level and culminated with the presentations of dance groups from 23 states in the Science Museum and in the Ríos Reyna room of Teresa Carreño. Have been part of the training activities and presentations of Cultural Agreements from 2009 to 2011. I have had the opportunity to be part of several of these projects, but currently the work “The envelope” and the book “Ghosts of the skin and other kisses” have given enough to talk about for their contents and this means that there is an impact, perhaps more qualitative than quantitative.

Astrid: Have you represented Venezuela outside the country?

Andrea: Representing Venezuela formally, no. I have had invitations but have never been able to attend. I have represented Venezuela independently in Cuba and Chile where I was invited to recite my poetry. In Chile they published two poems of my authorship in an anthology of Chilean poets, even knowing that I live since my childhood in Venezuela, a country that has given me everything. In Colombia, they selected my poem ‘Yo soy esa’ for the book “100 mujeres poetas”.

Astrid Tell us in which events you have participated and with what artistic work.

Andrea: In general terms I have participated in collective exhibitions of photography and goldsmithing, in many plays as an actress, director and now playwright.I continue as a producer of performing and musical arts and as director of the magazine and with the fortune of having published my poetry book “Fantasmas de la piel y otros besos” by the publishing house La hoja de la calle. We continue to walk the path of dreams to realize them.

Astrid: Do you have any characters that are influential to you?

Andrea: I am influenced by anyone who is honest, fair, kind, empathetic, transparent, loyal, equitable, supportive, humane. I know a lot of admirable people because they are consistent with what they say and what they do.

Astrid: What would be the work you would like to do that you have not yet been able to do?

Andrea: Learning to sing without people not damaging their ears. I would like to direct some short films, feature films and documentaries, my own and others.

Astrid: What do you think it would take in Venezuela to promote culture more?

Andrea: We must start by clarifying that culture is everything we were, what we are and what we will be, therefore, culture is a transversal axis, it is heterogeneous, because it is the way we coexist, relate, cooperate and fight in a group, a collective, in a community, in a country. So it is complex, because it is impossible to see it as an isolated sector, since it communicates and has interdependence with other cultures.
I think we have had great Strategic Plans, projects, lines and achievements at the cultural and artistic level, however, we need to consolidate the construction of public cultural policies that are the bridge that interrelate the aesthetic register (the differences, similarities in taste, sensitivity, status of social groups) and anthropological (the way we live) and thus generate cultural policies that allow us to live from cultural work.
There has been concern to understand the behavior of all popular sectors, even with cultural manifestations apparently less linked to immediate political mobilization, but which condition the way in which classes think and act.
We must not forget that cultural work is a necessary resource of cohesion to democratically face the contradictions and culture in the State could be one of the strongest items of income of the Gross Income Product within the economy and therefore generating sources promoting the integration of the different social actors, taking advantage of the natural, historical resources that are part of the State’s heritage, as well as the cultural products and services generated by artists and creators.
Cultural management with the vision of the development of culture must be aimed at the awareness of who we are, what we want, what we need, what we have, what shows us what are the dangers we have to face and what path would be better to follow, it is the most effective weapon to form a critical conscience that makes us a people, nation and continent, citizens of the world.
Thank you for your interest. A huge hug.

Photographs:
Richard Miranda
Jesús Reyes

Thank you very much Andrea for sharing a little of your work with us, for me it is always an honor to be able to share with wonderful artists! I invite you to follow her on her social networks.

Social media:
Instagram: @andreaquinonesrubio

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