Interview: Frank Van Imshoot

Interview: Frank Van ImshootImage courtesy of Frank Van Imschoot

Interview: Frank Van Imshoot

Luca Curci talks with artist Frank Van Imshoot during LIQUID ROOMS THE BODY LANGUAGE | Venice 2015

Frank Van Imschoot is a Belgian artist born in Gent, Belgium. Living most of his time in Brussels and London. He started already taking holiday pictures en pictures of his direct surroundings in the early 80’s with the Kodak Ektra 200 of his brother. He became so attached to the camera, that his parents bought him a Minolta X300 for his 10th birthday. Wherever he was, his camera was with him.

 

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

Frank Van Imshoot – It was a very nice experience for me to be able to exhibit some of my artwork in this magical city, were art has always been an important topic. In the past Venice was described as “another world” which it really is. Certainly during the festival days when the weather was very foggy it was a joy to walk in the small streets with just the minimal amount of light around and then finding the very beautiful premises of the Ca’Zanard.
Once entering that beautiful place at the opening night it was a joy to see all those art enthusiast gathered together watching the amazing live performances surrounded with the art of the exhibited artists. All the event was well organised and all the communication went smoothly.

 

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

F. V. I. – Having exhibitions organised inside the Ca’Zanardi/Art House is something a lot of Art event organisers could be jealous of. There organisation between Liquid and Ca’Zanardi was like a perfect symbiosis.

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

F. V. I. – The artwork which was selected for this theme (The Body Language) was Bric & Brac; two pictures that in my opinion always should be hanging next to each other. Each picture consists of half of a mannequin. Mannequins were/are used a lot by artists to help them in their art. Having that mannequin displayed as not being fully assembled bring up something unnatural which is the opposite were mannequins should stand for. The body language of a mannequin has often made feel the spectator feeling uncomfortable, it causes a response of revulsion. My work often consists of opposites (Black & White, young & old, poor & rich,…).

 

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

F. V. I. – As i’m often shooting urban and street photography I need to travel a lot to get inspiration. So for the moment I work on some photos I’ve been taking on multiple continents this year. So I hope next year I’ll be able to show a combination of new work with some older works. For me it’s important to always have some older works exhibited too; they made me who I became.

L. C. – What is art for you?

F. V. I. – For me art is the reflection of my mind and soul. Capturing the moments I see and feel.

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

F. V. I. – Seen the amount of events and places they organise art events i think it’s certainly a good idea for every type of artist to get in touch with them and see what’s possible to work together on future exhibitions.

 

more. nchase.com/frank/ 

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