Interview: Faris Salim Nakamura

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Interview: Faris Salim Nakamura

Luca Curci talks with the artist Faris Salim Nakamura during CONTEMPORARY VENICE – Architectures of Identities exhibition in Venice on April 2016. Faris Salim Nakamura (born December 31, 1988) is a Singaporean fine artist with a Japanese grandfather. He was formerly an active flautist of the Singapore Youth Wind Orchestra. While music dominated most of his earlier days, art has always been another passion of his. He graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts in 2014 and has gotten a his Bachelor of Arts certificate from Goldsmiths’College University of London with First Class Honours. Faris loves nature and architecture and this has been very evident in his paintings and drawings. Now exploring with different mediums, his work includes sculptures and installations. Faris’ most recent achievement is winning the Grand Winner Award in the Shitsurai Art International Competition in Kobe Biennale 2015.

 

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Luca Curci – Is it your first exhibition in Italy?
Faris Salim Nakamura – Yes, It’s my first exhibition here

L.C. – What is your artist direction? Are you interested in new media and new practises?
F.S.N. I am moving towards making sculptural works and installations now. 2-d works can only say so much and I personally feel 3-d works and installations will be able to capture the story better or bring message I want to convey forward a lot more in-depth.

L.C. – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of CONTEMPORARY VENICE – ARCHITECTURES OF IDENTITIES ?
F.S.N. – I do agree with your vision of art and making the informations of art that are from all parts of the world internationally accessible. i was strongly drawn to the theme “Architectures of Identities” as my works deal with the construction of identity and i think this theme is very fitting with your vision as it informs the people of Venice and beyond about the different identities that exists in other part of the world and the factors that contributes to these emerged identities.

 

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L.C. – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the theme of CONTEMPORARY VENICE – ARCHITECTURES OF IDENTITIES?
F.S.N. – The artwork that i have presented in your exhibition brings light to individuals or groups of people who uniquely do not identify themselves to any specific racial, religious or/and national ethnic groups through my personal story. The paintings of Japanese cranes represent me as a Japanese. But in close inspection, these cranes are anomalies, indicating that i am not just simply a Japanese crane, i am different. The act of folding the crane mirrors the moulding and forming (Architecture) of one’s identity; my identity.

L.C. – What do you think about the curatorial project?
F.S.N. – I think it was excellent. Each artwork has its own breathing space and the element of performance in the exhibition space definitely activated the space and brought life to it.

 

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L.C. – What do you think about our press office?
F.S.N. – I think is it efficient and very well run.

L.C. – What do you think about It’s LIQUID Group? Do you think it can represent an opportunity for artists?
F.S.N. – I think It’s LIQUID Group has given great opportunities for artists from other countries to present their works in Venice. From would not have imagined myself exhibiting in Venice if not for the opportunity given by It’s LIQUID Group.

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Interview: Faris Salim NakamuraImage courtesy of Faris Salim Nakamura

 

Interview: Faris Salim NakamuraImage courtesy of Faris Salim Nakamura

 

Interview: Faris Salim NakamuraImage courtesy of Faris Salim Nakamura

 

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