LD: I came across that article by Keith Telfeyan about Berlin and I thought it really described what I felt about this city and its freedom. I contacted Keith and asked him if I could use his article for my first IRL Show “Freer in Berlin” and he agreed, which was great. Berlin is a capital city like New York, Paris or London, but what makes it different it’s his approach to money. There is not too much money in Berlin. Berlin is poor but sexy, but this is not an issue. It is exactly the opposite, the lack of money, of this commodity, it’s precisely what makes it such a creative city. Very often, money kills inspiration; it makes you take things for granted. In Berlin people come and experience and share with others, they take time to find themselves. It’s a very international and multicultural city. It’s a shame that is starting to grow so fast already like every other city. You can feel that is happening here too what happened with NY, and people try hard not to succumb to the monster of capitalism and keep the “Berliner vibe” as long as possible.
Kinofilia: In that interview for I Heart Berlin, you also talked about two philosophical matters: love and freedom. “Love is freedom” were your words. It is a curiosity that in both our mother tongues, French and Spanish, “liberté,” or “libertad,” respectively, come from the latin, “libertas-atis,” but the English word, “freedom,” comes from an Indo-European root meaning, “love.” What it is even more paradoxical, is that the same root is at the same time used for the word “afraid.” Now, somehow that makes sense to me, how scary being in love can be! How do you think that our society can overcome this fear of love that limits us so much, and become “freer” in Berlin, in Paris, in Shanghai…?
LD: This is so curious! Language can be sometimes so surprising! What I believe is that we are most times too focused on our own egos, on ourselves, and we should stop being so selfish and have a look around. I think we are afraid of falling in love because we thing people have to love us back. We fear rejection and abandonment when we should overcome this fear and be the one who loves instead. We shouldn’t wait for others to love us to be able to love. That is the real freedom I would say.
Kinofilia: Tell me about your purple jacket. I heard many stories already, but I want to know what it means for you. Did this jacket become your freedom jacket? Your fear-free jacket?
LD: Oh! My purple jacket! Yes! I had to leave it back in France. I wore it way too much! It became in fact a symbol for me. It represents a state of mind. I refuse to wear black all the time, which in Berlin is a must, but I just love colors. I don’t do things to please others; I want to be myself. That is what this jacket is about. The story is that I was enjoying my night with some friends in France and this girl came and said to me, “I have to tell you, your jacket is disgusting.” I could tell she was a bit drunk, but that was no excuse. I felt bad, not for myself, but for her. She might have been very sad to say something like that to another person. I was a very shy person by then, I am still am, but I somehow arrived to this peaceful place where I feel free to be myself and wear whatever I fancy. I have been a unicorn for a year, almost, and it is amazing.
It is great satisfaction to be able to do what you want to do without caring of what other people think. That is what many people fight for, to be respected, but who cares! The most important thing is to respect yourself!
Kinofilia: Visiting the show “Freer in Berlin” the past 8th and 9th of October, I enjoyed seeing how many artists actually sold some pieces. I thought that you did a good job as a curator because the affordable prices of the pieces were coherent with the kind of audience attending the exhibition. In that sense, it was indeed, as your entire project claims to be, very honest. Are you gonna keep on working in this line?