Interview: Paula Haapalahti

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Interview: Paula Haapalahti

Luca Curci talks with artist Paula Haapalahti during SELF Festival Venice: FRACTAL IDENTITIES, SELF MEMORIES, SELF IDENTITIES, SELF PORTRAITS exhibitions in Venice.

Paula Haapalahti is a female artist, based in Vantaa, Finland. She studied Private art & photography mentoring.

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?

Paula Haapalahti – I had my first exhibition organized by It’s LIQUID at Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice in August 2014. After that I have attended at least 10 of their events in Italy, Spain, Thailand, Columbia and Argentina. For me Venice is “The best City” in the world, you never get tired of the beauty and other events in the city. I love the opening nights performance programs, the good company and the other artists that you can meet at the events. I have got a few new friends, new opportunities and a lot of invitations to other venues with which I’m very grateful for.

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

P. H. – I must give a big thanks for the organizers Luca and Andrea and your amazing staff. Everything has gone amazingly smoothly and there haven’t been any communication problems. I have been asked about my opinion a few times of the different artists around Europe and about the event organizers. I have been glad to affirm them of your professionality. It’s many times difficult for artists to “trust” the new connections, so it has been my pleasure to advise them that your events have been beautifully and professionally organized.

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

P. H. – Self Festival as a theme was exciting. The works series Moon Shadows (3 pcs) and Elegance (3 pcs) were nude self-portraits and street photographs. I’m wondering and taking photos in nature and cities randomly. I’m looking at the small beauties of life and existence, and also sometimes I think how hollow my perception of the world is, what I actually see and how blind I’m to things that surround me or who I am. What do you see than outlines! Do you stop and wonder: “What is the story”, the story of my surroundings and within myself. 

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

P. H. – I’m now taking a brake to make a collection of painting for solo-show to concentrate, and make some beautiful thematic paintings. So I will hope to show those sometimes next year. I’m working on my photographs and with my Book project “The Birdman”, “What is the story” video, which I would like to promote on your website. “Do you want to write the story with me?”. Sometimes we see people and situations as bystanders, not thinking “What is behind the story”. Who he is and what he is thinking? Why is he here and feeding the birds? You can only guess the story or make it yourself. What has happened, who is the person, his feelings, fears, happy thoughts and his history, I would like to know, what is the story of the white silhouette? 

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L. C. – What is art for you?

P. H. – Art is something what I can share to someone and someone can share with me. It’s the feeling, the journey, the moment.. excitement of the discovery within, no more, no less. It’s beautiful and it’s life.

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

P. H. – The events organized by International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations are good
opportunities to artists to get their work seen. I can only tell my story and from my experiences at the events, I believe that artists will make connections with each other and make their own journey in the world of Art.


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