Interview: Iveta Tomanová

Interview: Iveta TomanováImage courtesy of Iveta Tomanová

Interview: Iveta Tomanová

Luca Curci talks with artist Iveta Tomanová during BODIES+CITIES SKIN exhibition in Venice on May 2016. Born in  Trencianske Teplice (Slovak Republic), Iveta Tomanová currently lives in Bratislava. Graduated at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, she is a member of the Slovak Union of Visual Arts. Her artworks are figurative sculptures that focus on sociological relations that affect people behaviours of everyday life. She has taken part both individually and collectively in exhibitions located in Slovakia, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic and Poland.

 

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Luca Curci – Do you agree with our vision of art and what you think about the theme of the festival?

Iveta Tomanová – My work reflects and deals with topics that affect the everyday life. I try to create kind of a sociological view of the world, how it is changing and bringing new challenges. I respond to topics that make me want to react to. The theme of the festival corresponds with my vision of art and, therefore, suits me.

L.C. – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival theme?

I.T. – We live in busy and challenging times. Everything around us is constantly changing. Nowadays, many different interests are affecting and manipulating the public opinion. If something happens the media by means of half-truths and lies are trying to manipulate and abuse the masses in favour of certain groups and for a certain purpose.

 

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L.C. – What role does the artist have in society? And the art?

I.T. – Art is not only about beauty or aesthetics, but it has to set a mirror to our society and reflect its status. Socially engaged art is the freedom of thought, freedom of creation and, therefore, has an irreplaceable role in a democracy.

L.C. – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

I.T. – I grew up in a totalitarian regime. I lived in times, when I was not allowed to study, because my father was persecuted. My personal experience with the freedom of thought in that time and then also with the post-revolutionary happening in our country, have truly shaped and formed my artistic activities. I try to see the world around me in a better perspective. I believe that good will prevail, I’m a positive person.

 

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L.C. – How do you find creative inspiration?

I.T. – Inspiration is all around us. You just have to focus, watch and listen. People lose solidarity, humanism and selfishness is spreading strong around us. Our environment is receiving one blow after another…enough topics for inspiration and to think about.

L.C. – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

I.T. – The most demanding part of my work is process of preparation, when I need to decide how I will handle and turn a topic into my vision. Everything that follows is a part of the creative process and I love it.

 

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L.C. – What is your idea about It’s Liquid Group?

I.T. – It’s Liquid Group is a modern platform that is based on recent technologies, especially using the Internet, which suits me.

L.C. – Did you feel comfortable cooperating with us?

I.T. – The cooperation is and has always been correct. Venice is a wonderful, unforgettable and unique town. I like it here.

 Interview: Iveta TomanovaImage courtesy of Iveta Tomanová

 

Interview: Iveta TomanovaImage courtesy of Iveta Tomanová

 Interview: Iveta TomanovaImage courtesy of Iveta Tomanová

 

Interview: Iveta TomanovaImage courtesy of Iveta Tomanová

 

Interview: Iveta TomanovaImage courtesy of It’s LIQUID Group. The artwork has been showed at Venice Art House Gallery for the event BODIES+CITIES SKIN, part of BORDERS festival.

 

 

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