Iterview: Chiara Cossu

Chiara CossuImage courtesy of Chiara Cossu

Iterview: Chiara Cossu

Luca Curci talks with Chiara Cossu regarding her experience during Hidden Rooms in Venice.

Chiara Cossu, was born in Sassari in 1983. She won several awards in visual arts. Graduated in applied arts at the institute Philip Figari of Sassari, she finished her studies at Liberal Arts college. Her art is inspired by images of the real world. She likes to photograph people met by chance in the streets and feels a connection with them, differently from what happens in indoor shootings. Her studies on photography and video art are basically as a self-taught.  She works as an independent photographer and video artist.

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Luca Curci – Your work was exhibited during Hidden Rooms exhibition in Venice on November 2014: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?

Chiara Cossu – It was a positive experience. The set of different cultures has been for me the most interesting experience and the subject of my study in those days in Venice.
 
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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?

C. C. – The work presented in Venice “Fragments of a Birth” is an experimental video. The  carachters in the video, assume a sensual attitude towards nature; nature and human beings are mixed toghether to the purpose of an ultimate goal: the birth, which is accomplished in contrast with the abandoned location in which it takes place […]. Filmed in two places very different from each other: the first abused and abandoned, the second pristine. Pure love in the course of time is contaminated by man as it happens in nature; often in fact it’s man himself the ruin of his own territory, a higher natural force.

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The sea, the soundtrack deliberately natural and disturbed, the storm underway, the crickets singing in contrast with the daytime images, symbolize the sun and the moon, the cycle of life. The cut images and the broken mirror at the beginning of the video, are related to the title “Fragments”. A long breath throughout the video simbolizes life, death, birth, love, hate, the echo of a contemplated, loved, abused, destroyed and reborn land. I immediately saw an analogy with the theme of Venice HIDDEN ROOMS, because of the place where I shot the birth which is an abandoned mine, hidden and almost forgotten, but beautiful.

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

C. C. – Right now I’m working on a new video art project, but I’ll not say nothing more at the moment.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

C. C. – What for me is art? My child spirit, in which abstract reality I can have fun with my imagination, I could not help but it, every time I go away art comes over me like a wave.

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L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

C. C. – Yes, I think it could be a good starting point for many artists, to make them able to go on alone.

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