Interview with Zuzana Sojková

Luca Curci interview with Suzana SojkováImage courtesy of Zuzana Sojková

Luca Curci interview with Zuzana Sojková

Luca Curci talks with Zuzana Sojková during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, second appointment of BORDERS festival, in Venice on August 2016. Zuzana was born and raised in Košice, Slovakia but her desire to get to know new cultures led her to the UK. There she started studying Architecture, a lifelong dream influenced by the fact that she had been attending art school throughout her childhood. She completed her BA(Hons) at the University of Kent in Canterbury, where the exhibited film was made as part of the dissertation module under a supervision of Michael Richards. Then Zuzana spent a year working as an architectural assistant for Tim Hupe Architekten in Hamburg, Germany. She is currently in her final year of March at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in London.

 

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Luca Curci – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
Zuzana Sojková – The film demonstrates changes of paradigms in the urban development and discusses how boundaries between the inner and outer world influence the individual. It shows how a person can be overwhelmed by moving imagery in an urban context causing fragmentation of personalities as one tries to take in everything at once. This relationship between the identities of urban dwellers and their environment, which is tearing them apart, reflects the festival theme.

L. C. –  What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
Z. S – The concept brings visitors to consider fragmentation on a personal level but also in a broader sense of communities and their interaction, which, I think, is an important topic to discuss in today’s fast-paced world. Therefore the perception of each visitor inevitably varies based on their personal experiences. It is inspirational because an artist can combine subjective impressions, observation and research to respond to the theme.

 

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L. C. – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Z. S. – I have been studying architecture for the past five years, which largely influences the way I create and perceive space. Concerning the film exhibited at the festival, my main source of inspiration was a book written by American sociologist Richard Sennett – ‘The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities’, which talks about a transformation of urban space from a sociological point of view.

L. C. – What is art for you?
Z. S. – Art, I believe, can be found in all aspects of life. It is a device for venting personal feelings in a form of fine art, a way of conveying particular message to audiences in a form of theatre or music performances, a way of serving the public in a form of architecture.

 

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L. C. – What do you think about the whole organization of the event, the selection of the artists, the communication management and opening ceremony?
Z. S. – The event was well organised with diverse but relevant artworks on display. Even though I did not have a chance to visit the exhibition spaces in person, it is thoroughly documented online. The organisers have been approachable and always prompt in responding during my communication with them.

L. C. – Do you think that this experience could be useful for artists and can contribute to increase personal background?
Z. S. – It is surely beneficial for emerging artists to have their work exhibited in public to gain new contacts in the industry. Venice is especially desirable since it attracts many people with artistic background because of Art, Theatre and Architecture Biennales taking place in the city.

L. C. – Are you interested in future collaborations with our organization?
Z. S. – Yes, I consider my participation at the festival to be a valuable experience and would like to contribute again if the future topics match my research areas.

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