C&AL: How did you end up in the art world and what are some of the issues you address in your work?
Liliana A. Romero: In a country like Colombia, making the decision to be an artist is both a privilege and a risk; something which, unfortunately, many of us don’t realise from the outset. During my studies, I began to question the rules and laid-out tracks along which my life had moved so far and that had pigeon-holed me into a reality that violated my physicality and mentality as a Black woman. Once you start realizing that the world is made up of various perspectives and diversities, your reality is altered; it is as if you were being lifted out of a deep sleep.
I began to dedicate my art to call attention to the history I had lived through, questioning the conditioned reality for Black people in Colombia.
C&AL: Which role does activism play in your work as an artist?
LAR: Activism has become an intrinsic part of my work. At this point, I couldn’t say where my artwork ends and where my activism begins. As a Black artist, you are forced to become politically active and to want so much more. It also forces you to look for ways to find more people like you, who feel the way you do, and who are searching for the same things as you. A desire begins to grow in your heart to call the attention of people who ignore the situations that affect your wellbeing and that of many others. My art is a cry for help, a call to action and, a tribute to those who fight to defend their existence and wellbeing. Activism is not an isolated part of my art; rather, my whole art is a form of activism.