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Interview: Patrizia Casagranda

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Interview: Patrizia Casagranda

Luca Curci taks with Patrizia Casagranda during PLACES the second appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Patrizia Casagranda is a German with Italian roots and is born in Stuttgart, 1979. In 1994 she beeing Thomas Dürr’s student (artist in Stuttgart) for 2 years. She studied at Academy of Arts in Ravensburg and Trier. She is working from 2000 for International Art Center Netherlands. She graduated in designer with award at FH Niederrhein (2002). From 2002 she is art director in Krefeld/Düsseldorf/Venlo. She did book design and collaboration with Günther Uecker and Markus Lüpertz. She is working in Germany, Netherlands and India.

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Interview: Adam Henry

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Interview: Adam Henry

Luca Curci talks with Adam Henry during VISIONS – The Garden of Liquid Identities and SURFACES FESTIVAL: BODIES in Venice.
Adam Henry was born in Cambridge (England) in 1997, but he has a mixed family background. He finished high school in summer 2015. His art style emerged from his most difficult time of his life. He was being stalked, by a man who had previously assaulted him. He didn’t really know how to deal with the situation and he had never told the people around me what was going on. He found his creative outlet on 25th March 2017, while in London. He was quite distressed that day, but found an incredible feeling of peace on Westminster Millennium Pier, a place that he now frequently visit. He asked his Mother to take a photograph of him looking out towards the London Eye. Something clicked for him after seeing that photo. “That’s how people see me, and that’s how people saw me the day I was assaulted.” He waited for the right time to post it as this was his first time talking as publicly as he could about what was happening, and how he was feeling about the situation. From that day on, he began taking photographs, editing, and adding quotes to his photos in regards to how he feel and what is happening around him. He has an interest in working with young people on issues of identity. As young people become adults and are exploring who they will become, it can be difficult for some. This is particularly important for those who are ‘different’ in some way and don’t feel they fit in. The Blue Bird in a Cage is the first piece of work he has submitted for exhibition. This was exhibited at The Room – Contemporary Art Space by the Its Liquid Group.

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Interview: Georgina Lohan

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Interview: Georgina Lohan

Luca Curci talks with Georgina Lohan during PLACES the second appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Georgina Lohan is a multidisciplinary artist currently working in porcelain sculpture. Her work has developed through extensive exploration and experimentation with materials. As well as painting in watercolour, tempera, acrylics and oil, Georgina has a background in printmaking, carving, casting, fused glass, textiles, set and costume design, jewelry design and mixed media collage. As well as exhibiting her artwork, Georgina has contributed to the development of many creative projects including her role as founding director of the Eastside Culture Crawl, an open studio tour of over 500 artist’s studios, which has helped shape the creative landscape of Vancouver, BC for the past 20 years. In 2016, Georgina was invited to travel to China with the Craft Council of BC to help establish an artist in residence program near Xiamen, Fujian Provence. Georgina is based in Vancouver, BC, and has exhibited in Canada, Mexico, USA and Italy.

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Interview: Bikkel Artist

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Interview: Bikkel Artist

Luca Curci talks with Bikkel Artist during PLACES the second appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Bikkel was born in Curaçao and came to the Netherlands when she was 17 year-old. When she was 25 paint became her passion. She developed in such a way that she was asked to teach drawing at a secondary school in Maassluis, The Netherlands. Immediately after her appointment as a teacher she started studying at the Willem de Kooning Academy and what she was learning there she directly could pass to her students. From 1993 to 2011 she was teacher in art. She graduated with exceptional exam at the University of Professional Education Rotterdam. Her students sing a rap about her glass art. After her studies she started a non-profit gallery named Kunst aan de Kade (kunstaandekade.com).

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Interview: Alexander Kaprichev

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Interview: Alexander Kaprichev

Luca Curci talks with Militsa Kapricheva on behalf of Alexander Kaprichev during BODIES the first appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Alexander Kaprichev (1945-2008) a Bulgarian artist who after graduating the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, had been a  Freelance artist working in Varna, Bulgaria. Between 1999 and 2006 he lived and worked in England. He returned to Bulgaria planning retrospective exhibitions both in Varna and London which unfortunately he could not see through due to his sudden death in 2008. His art comprises fine art paintings and monumental artworks. Critics relate his art, particularly in his final years, to the lyrical abstraction and the abstract expressionism. However, drawing on Bulgarian and world art traditions and modern trends, he created an individual and discernible style of his own. In his lifetime he concentrated more on creating artworks than showing them and had fewer exhibitions and only one solo show. Posthumously his art was shown in retrospective exhibitions, at London Art Biennale, 2015, 2017; X Florence Biennale, 2015;  12 Star Gallery, London, 2018; the Room Art Space, Venice, 2018.

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Interview: Marek Slavík

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Interview: Marek Slavík

Luca Curci talks with the artist Marek Slavík, the winner of HONORABLE MENTION of ITSLIQUID INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 5TH EDITION 2017.

Marek Slavík is a Czech painter, born in Prague in 1982. He studied art at High school of Vaclav Hollar (1998 – 2002), and studied at Academy Of Fine Arts (AVU, 2002-2008) in Prague, in studio of classical painting techniques of prof. Zdenek Beran. From 2008 he lives and works in Prague and in Malkov u Berouna.  He is deeply focused on realistic oil painting and his previous major paintings depicted mainly landscapes and the human figure with expressive gestures reflecting life and the world in modern society. Currently, he creates realistic paintings using abstractly shaped masses, which reflect life and reality in a wider context, leaving space for viewers interpretation. His goal is to create a perfectly balanced paintings, where reality meets abstraction, mystery and the desire to explore the unknown – a deep story with a perfect technical performance of the painting. Each theme is carefully created and transformed into a comprehensive visual form, which has only one task: act on the viewer’s emotions through colors and shapes.

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Interview: Anastasia Lobkovski

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Interview: Anastasia Lobkovski

Luca Curci talks with Anastasia Lobkovski during PLACES the second appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Anastasia Lobkovski is a visual artist and director based in Finland. She was born, in 1981, in finnish-russian-jewish family in Moscow Russia. Her family moved to Finland in 1993 when she was a child. Anastasia Lobkovski has painted since her early childhood and in her high school years she got interested in film and started making first short filmsLobkovski has graduated as MFA from The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. She has also Master of Arts degree in screenwriting from Aalto University`s filmmaking department (2017). Her works have been seen at art exhibitions in Finland such as Young Artists at Kunsthalle Helsinki; The Art Museum of Jyväskylä, Gallery AARNI Espoo and overseas at Aratoi Art Museum New Zealand and The Room Contemporary Art Space Venice Italy. Anastasia’s short films have been screened widely at the film festivals such as BFI London Film Festival (UK), Moondance (USA), Busan Art Film Festival (South Korea), Reykjavik Film Festival (Iceland) and 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland.
Lobkovski`s short film “The boy who was afraid of Nothing” was nominated as one of the best European short films at Camerimage Poland, 2013. Her first feature film screenplay in development won Juri Sillart Visual Prize at international ENGAGE workshop in 2014. Her short films have won awards at international film festivals such as NUFF 2008 (Norway), HIIDA Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards 2016 (USA) and ARFF Berlin 2016 (Germany).
Beside her own projects she works as a casting director for art house feature films most known for “The Happiest day of Olli Mäki”, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, that premiered at Cannes 2016. She is a member of MUU Artists` Association (Finland), The Association of Espoo Visual Artists and Videothéque Art Stream, New York (USA).

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