Interview: Hira Tahir Mirza

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Interview: Hira Tahir Mirza
Luca Curci talks with artist Hira Tahir Mirza during Venice Experimental Cinema and Performance Art Festival exhibition in Venice on September 2015.
Hira Tahir Mirza is a female artist, based in Lahore, Pakistan. She is currently working on her thesis for  Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from Beaconhouse National University.   

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

Hira Tahir Mirza – The artwork that I presented at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi through ITS LIQUID GROUP is one of the most special works because it is the first time I used my body in my artwork.  There comes a time in life when we find ourselves completely content with life but there is always something missing, deep inside we all are battling with ourselves. The ropes are tied as braids so they look like a part of my body, my hair. Ropes are used to tie things together, to support and sustain and sometimes the things you rely on the most become your inescapable trap. That trap could be your conscience, your relationship with other people and sometimes even your relationship with yourself.  

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

H. T. M. – I am currently working on a video project that is a combination of four elements that contradict eachother but once they are put together, they look extremely poetic and emotional. The four elements are thread, stone, my hands and the surface of a road.

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L. C. – What is Art for you?

H. T. M. – For me, art is the will to communicate the experiences of life. It is pain and the means to find solace. It is the culmination of the subjective and objective experiences of human condition, always trying to transcend and finding a higher meaning and a higher purpose. I try to explore different mediums such as video, sculpture, painting, drawing and photography. I use the language of material to communicate and build the conceptual ground around my work. I don’t believe in making art after arriving at a concept, I believe in concepts that originate after art making. For me an artwork that really connects and creates a dialogue is what comes to me as a surprise. It gives me a lot more than I expect. Sometimes it sinks in, sometimes it does not and that for me is the beauty of art making.

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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. T. M. – International ArtExpo and ITS LIQUID GROUP are doing a great job at giving a chance to emerging artists to present their artworks to such a huge number of audiences from all around the world. As a Pakistani Female Artist, I feel honored to represent my artwork at Venice International ArtExpo and I hope that I have done justice to this great opportunity that these wonderful organizations presented me with. I also hope that in future we keep making this artistic contact even more stronger and keep exchanging our thoughts, ideas andconcerns with one another so we all can understand our lives better.

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