Interview: Hafsa Qadeer

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Luca Curci talks with artist Hafsa Qadeer during Liquid Rooms – The Body Language exhibition in Venice on November 2015.
Hafsa Qadeer is an artist born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1992. She completed her Bachelors in Fine Arts in May 2015 from Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, Pakistan.  

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?

Hafsa Qadeer – Unfortunately I was unable to attend the exhibition. The communication team was very cooperative which helped a lot when your only means of communication is through emails all the way from Pakistan. It’s a great idea to bring together the works of so many artists from around the world under the same body. It’s LIQUID – THE BODY LANGUAGE has given an insight into each individual’s personal life. Every artist had his own way and chosen medium to share his or her respective stories revolving under the same theme.

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

H. Q. – I think the collaboration between IT’S LIQUID and Ca’ Zanardi/Venice Art House is a wonderful way of encouraging and promoting young artists from around the world. A guest house for artists in one of the most beautiful cities of the world is all the devotion one can offer to an artist and an opportunity that should be availed.

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

H. Q. – “When Two Lovers Meet” is actually a part of a larger body of work that expresses my views about breaking through from norms and rules that this world has bounded us with, first as children and later as adults too in life.  I’ve grown up with a set of constraints too throughout my childhood. My work simply acts as a means of being able to allow myself to think that I can break certain rules and boundaries. I’m trying to revisit all those ideas and have a dialogue with all those things that seemed unfair. The idea is to engage the viewer’s imagination with the work so that he/she breaks through from the confined form that they know of a “ceiling fan” and be able to visualize it as anything he may want it to be or as the title suggests. This way, the object doesn’t entirely lose its identity but is reborn with a new one.

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

H. Q. – Before I tell you what I’m currently working on its important you know why. As children we believe in all sorts of possibilities – Superman CAN fly and a genie can actually grant us 3 wishes to solve all our problems. As we grow up we lose the charm of being able to believe and begin to rationalize with everything around us. My works have always subtly proposed a comparison between a child’s and an adult’s way of thinking. Previously I’ve made works that involved my engagement with adults through questionnaires asking them of their childhood experiences. Coming back to what I’m working on currently I decided to teach toddlers so that I can have a better understanding of children.  My engagement with children in a school is an ongoing research I need for my next work.

L. C. – What is art for you?

H. Q. – Art is a medium of expression for me just as a pen is for some. Sometimes a diary and a pen cannot fulfill their purpose entirely.

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

H. Q. – Oh yes. The whole process on its own is an opportunity for any artist who wants to avail it.  By process I mean the liberty of being able to share your work with LIQUID organization and it being open for artists from all over the world. It has given many artists including myself an opportunity. You have to be able to believe and take a chance.

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