Lani Maestro and Marysia Lewandowska; The Banff Centre Canada; 1983

Lani Maestro works in various media including installation, sound, video, publications and writing. Her works are poetic gestures and display associations between Minimalism and nihilism. Maestro left the Philippines during turbulent political upheaval and settled in Canada. She went on to represent Canada at various international exhibitions. The artist's complex relationship to national identity is implicit in her art practice, and here she discusses this emotional engagement in intimate detail.

Lewandowska and Maestro compare their experiences as émigrés. Lewandowska describes her ambivalence to the apparent 'freedom' of Capitalism she was offered on arrival in UK. Having come from a well-educated middle class background in Poland, her economic status in the UK plummeted, leading to an affinity with those outside the interests of capital; the working classes.


Accession No. WAA.069
Artist: Lani Maestro and Marysia Lewandowska
Container annotation: Philipines/ Poland making art away from the familiar environment, political issues
Place/Year: The Banff Centre Canada 1983
Type: Conversation
Technical aspects: Clear sound
Duration: 01:00:27
Tape capacity: 90'
Tape brand: Universum