Interview: Adam Henry

Adam HenryImage courtesy of Adam Henry

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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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

Adam Henry – I was assoulted in 2016 and it kinda close me, I did not want to go out and do anything and I actually started my style as a way to express that without actually telling people what I was coming through. So for me it was a kind of a way of telling people, but not actually telling the details of what happened.

 

L.C. – How do you find creative inspiration?

A.H. – Foundamental, I would say. I found foundamental to my recovery actually, because it inabled me to express what I was going through, just talk about it , but without giving to much details. Tell people what I’ve through, like tell everybody posting online and posting on instagram. So I could tell all my friends and everybody, but without actually saying what happened, because I was not ready to say it at that time. So when I found that I was simply in the cage in much of this when I got better, I thought thar’s perfect, because I had embodied what I’ve been through.

 

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L.C. – How is being an artist nowadays?

A.H. – I’n new, really I’m new to this world, so I cannot come into much details as people who worked in this field for years. It has been a really good experience and I’m excited to begin my journey, but not sure!

 

L.C. – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

A.H. – I think I’m not good enough like I guess it is not “real art” such as a painting or a drawing or something else. For me Art is a kind of a big and huge painting, a canvas. I’m not really good at painting or drawing. I hadn’t considered mine “Art”, but anything can be considered art.

 

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

A.H. – Currently I’m working on myself. I know that it is not an artwork, but I have to continue to build me before I can produce anything and I feel like that my art at the begging stages is gonna be about my story, my genre, my recovery and then I’m hoping I can charge into some newest things, a subject that isn’t just me, but for the time I don’t have current projects.

 

L.C. – Would you suggest cooperating with us? What do you think about our services?

A.H. – I really like your service, I really like that you get apart to such a type of buch of artists, I mean, they are various, there are different medias, different styles. People come from different backgrounds, people have different things to say and I found it really accepting. Yes, I really like it and Liquid Identities gave me the sensation that I’m part of this liquid identity, it gave me a place to be able to show my artwork and I’m really grateful for that.

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