Irreverence unveiled. Tamara Despujols’ work.
Tamara Despujols, a multimedia artist and architect, women’s rights and social activist, aims to merge both life and art in a most peculiar way, by viewing the interconnection between our bodies and the places we inhabit through the complex thread of thought that conceptually strings together all her works. Fearlessly, she transforms her ideas and critiques of contemporary life into thought-provoking visual and architectural objects that represent her take on art and life, recalling Allan Kaprow’s concept of “art as an experience”.
A major concern in her work is the increasing detachment between humans and nature, and how this progressive shift in emphasis from nature to human can be traced to a consequence of power, capital control, productivity, the implementation of a gender driven, patriarchal division of labor, and the public space.
To an important degree, the aesthetic and conceptual choices that Despujols takes when producing her work revolve and include participation by the spectator. She seeks to alter the lives of people, through subtle and not so subtle means, by pushing forward and making her viewers somehow shift in their perception of art and life itself. Whether you eat a banana from the ever-ripening pile, swim in the waters of a pink beach inlet in Miami or walk through a street that has been erased by mirrors, art is, for Despujols, always a part of life, a part of our city, our body, embedded and immersed within everything around it, making it impossible for your life not to be impacted, even modified, by your own actions. She intends to grasp it all quickly and throw her reflections right back at the viewers/participants of her works.
Despujols received her Bachelor in Science in Architecture from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She attended the Facoltá Di Architettura at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy where she obtained an Urban Major. She holds a Master in Real Estate Development and Urbanism from the University of Miami, and she attended Parsons School of Design in New York City for courses in Urban Anthropology and Urban Ecologies.
Despujols lives and works in Miami. In 2012 she co-founded TBD Group a women-run Architecture and Real Estate Development boutique firm, based in Miami. In 2014 TBD Group launched TBD-Projects Nonprofit Art Organization, a pop-up art space run by artists, created to promote experimental and collective projects. They have put together a variety of collective shows during Important Art Fairs as Miami Art Basel, Basel Art Basel and Art New York.