Bibi Cornejo Borthwick is a photographer who was born in Paris, but now lives and works in New York.
How did you first get interested in contemporary art?
I think growing up in New York City invites you to feel curious and interested by what’s current or “contemporary.” I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in a family of artists who are constantly creating. I think everyone is interested in contemporary art in some way, even if we don’t necessarily realize it.
Can you tell us about an art-related project or two that you’ve been working on?
This year I’ve really taken time to focus on my photography. I always knew it was something I loved and was passionate about, but this year nothing really made sense unless I could photograph it. I launched my website and with that has come a few interesting projects. A lot of my work is based off of taking people’s portraits so that’s given me chance to sit down and have one on one time with people in a way that’s everything for me. Aside from my photography, my boyfriend and I relaunched his company, CNNCTD+. We’ve been working on a few creative marketing projects and our biggest project yet is a show we’re producing that will be on display at the New Museum in May. The show will be the audio of 100 people whom we think influence NYC culture. Each person’s audio will be recorded onto a Playbutton.
A show you’re really looking forward to?
I just saw Lola Schnabel’s beautiful show at The Hole, and I’m excited for Andre’s at Half Gallery, and I always look out for street art because I think that’s really where people can be free.
Work other than your very talented father’s photographs that you live with?
I have some work of Hisham Bharoocha, I have some drawings of my brother’s that I love, and aside from that, my boyfriend and I have designed our apartment with street signs, ATM machines, Polaroids all over, and letters my mom has written me.
If you could have any artist take your portrait?
Ohhh that’s a tough one! Aelita Andre, the four year old painter, is amazing. I’d love to do anything with her haha! However, I think if I really had that choice, I’d choose to have been photographed by Richard Avedon, Robert Capa, or Harmony Korine.
Artist quote or words to live by?
If you love what you do, you shouldn’t work a day in your life.