Interview: Adam Filek

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Interview: Adam Filek

Luca Curci talks with artist Adam Filek during Venice Experimental Video and Performance Art Festival exhibition in Venice on September 2015.

Adam Filek is an independent artist and writer with a focus in video and performance art. He specializes in work involving the body as an environmental agent. His recent accomplishments include a solo show at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary in Toronto and published writing in Senses and Society, a UK-based academic journal. Adam is currently situated in Toronto, Ontario.

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Luca Curci – Can you talk about your personal experience in Venice? What did you think about the whole organization of the event, the artists’ selection, the communication management and opening nights?

Adam Filek – Venice was quite the experience. A great place for getting emotionally lost in and always being close to water. I also got to see a lot of beautiful art for the Venice Biennale, which was really rewarding to see. The show was curated well and I greatly enjoyed the work that was shown at the event.

L. C. – What do you think about the collaboration between It’s LIQUID and Ca’ Zanardi/Venice Art House?

A. F. – I think collaboration is great, and I’m sure that this collaboration has and will continue to produce great things.

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L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

A. F. – I showed two of my videos in the festival, both of which depict the body sharing a close relationship with nature. I Will Grow Tall is about relating personal growth – something I’m constantly at odds with – and the growth of a tree. I basically mirror the growth of a tree using my body. Hard Worker, Loving Son, Strong Swimmer is about attempting to push the body to perform at it’s maximum capacity by putting oneself in a compromising situation. I strapped a camera to my head and swam as far as I could into Lake Ontario. It’s also a looking back towards what was deemed as successful behaviour when I was a child, which was attending swimming lessons and swimming competitively.

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?

A. F. – Being in Venice allowed me to contribute to this lifelong art piece I’ve been doing where I collect rocks from different parts of the globe and each time I take a rock, I replace it with one from where I live. I’ll be heading to England very soon so I plan to take and leave some rocks from there. I’ve also been working on a performance piece about being very cold which I’ll be showing in a Toronto gallery very soon, and I’m writing a short essay to go along with it.

L. C. – What is art for you?

A. F. – It’s a lot of things at once. I’d say it’s a balance between exhibiting one’s state in the world and the state of the world as a whole, like one narrative for the narratives of many. It’s also a way of showing when other devices like speaking don’t do enough. 

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It’s a way to take those strange curiosities that one has, show them to a lot of people, and hopefully strike a chord in someone that shares some similarity with you, and building something from that. A way of proving to yourself that there are other likeminded people in this world who share the same feelings, goals, desires as you.

L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations? Do you think they can represent an opportunity for artists?

A. F. – They represented an opportunity for me. So I would say yes, of course. I thank both International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID for the opportunity, and for considering something to be worthwhile in what I create.


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