Interview: Katarzyna Podgórska-Glonti

Interview: Katarzyna Podgórska-GlontiImage courtesy of Katarzyna Podgórska-Glonti

Interview: Katarzyna Podgórska-Glonti

Luca Curci talks with Katarzyna Podgórska-Glonti during PLACES the second appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Katarzyna Podgórska-Glonti is born in 1969 in Radom, Poland. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań (1991- 96), The University of Arts in Poznań, Poland. She studied sculpture and painting. Ministry of Culture and Arts Scholarship holder in 1995. Works as a professor at the University of Arts in Poznań. Heads the Studio of Scenography at the Faculty of Interior Architecture and Scenography. Heads the Faculty of Interior Architecture and Scenography on the post of Vice Dean. Visual Artist. Her projects and artistic realizations relate human being and reflection referring the process of reality experience. Artistic and research problems undertaken: space, time, memory, traces of presence. Involved in activities in space, site-specific installation, performance, photography, artistic workshops. Held authors’ classes and workshops at Dartington College of Arts in England, Universidad de Granada in Spain, the University of Trondheim in Norway, Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts de Lyon, France. Author of numerous individual exhibitions; participated in many group exhibitions and international workshops also artistic projects. Lives and works in Poznań.

 

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?

Katarzyna Podgórska-Glonti – Nowadays art is difficult to shorten to one definition. For me, art is a way of interacting with the recipient. It is a way of communicating with others, but above all sharing my reflections on many aspects of human life and the surrounding reality.

 

L.C. – Which subject are you working on?

K.P.G – I usually work on several topics at the same time. Nevertheless, a man and his reality are the most important to me. In this context, I consider time and space. Simultaneously: a date but also a specific place, architecture or other public space and/or the time of the exhibition. Time – its fragility, inevitability and transitoriness; and at the same time durability and repeatability. Presence, lack of presence, human footprint. Searching for the most adequate artistic form (installation, site-specific, object, photography) often clothing as a place of “human habitation” is the inspiration and the material from which the realizations are made.

 

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L.C. – What is the role that the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?

K.P.G – Society’s interest in contemporary art seems to me, currently is not one of the most important, to which attention is attached. Thought certainly art socially or politically involved, makes the threats aware and supports collective protests. For me, however, in particular, individual contact with the recipient is important. When the work evokes the internal self-reflection of a spectator. Sometimes difficult to verbalise but very strong. In this context, the role of the artist is certainly important.

 

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

K.P.G – I love what I do. Nevertheless, I am struggling with myself on several levels, creating work from an idea, a conceptual process to an adequate form. Many versions of the implementation are formed, but the most difficult and the most fascinating is the decision that ’’ yes this is it’’. For today the most adequate /accurate, the best form for the internal voice, the content that I want to convey.

 

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L.C. – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?

K.P.G – The man, time and space remain my inspiration and fascination.

 

L.C. – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?

K.P.G – Concept Surfaces / ISTLIQUID ART AND ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL BODIES, PLACES, SPACES is very interesting, allows issues of concern to be presented and confronted by the general public. Artists from different countries have the opportunity to present their works in a place that is also visited by audiences from many countries. Also, in this sense, the idea of liquidity works in the contemporary world, in my opinion. Personally, I had to make a difficult choice, each of the slogans: Bodies, Places, Spaces are currently the closest to me. I focused on the problem of the place.

 

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L.C. – How is the photography presented at our exhibition related to the theme of the festival?

K.P.G – The issue of ‘’Places’’ inspires me especially and frequently returns in my creative activities. A place that can be remembered by various senses. Hence, with curiosity, I wanted to undertake and implement a work dedicated to this issue. In my work ‘’Difference’’ I wanted to “capture the place” in a sense, literally closing the frame in the magnifying glass. Let this moment last! Stop it for a longer time, focus on this part of the place, which is a stairwell or place to pass by, communication with many associations. I ask myself a rhetorical question, ‘’is it possible’’? And I can see how strong is in ourselves, the desire to stop the time and places. Everywhere where we are, we are accompanied by a camera, telephone to support, and perhaps to fuels the thirst. The second reflection is by moving the “magnifying glass” for a moment / we still see something else / a fragment of reality. I think that today’s fragmentariness and fluidity are inscribed in our perception of the world.

 

L.C. – What do you think about the organization of our event?

K.P.G – I think that this is a very good initiative/platform allowing the presentation of artists, but also for different thematic issues. I wish your organization the best fluid future. I am glad that I could participate in it.

 

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L.C. – what is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?

K.P.G – I would not dare interfere with the elaborate idea of the ITSLIQUID GROUP. I believe that equally, taking initiatives in various fields of art and disseminating it among artists from around the world and for recipients from around the world is a great idea of flows (liquidity).

 

L.C. – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?

K.P.G – I am very satisfied with the level of professional cooperation.

 

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