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Interview: Rawan Ita

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Interview: Rawan Ita
Luca Curci talks with the artist Rawan Ita during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives.

Rawan Ita is a Detroit based artist of Babylonian descent. She was a full-time graduate student studying architecture, an intern, hairstylist, and volunteer. On January 20th, 2017 all of that changed. She was walking across a lot and hit by an SUV. As a result, Rawan lost much of her physical capabilities and life, as she knew it, had changed. Injuries involving her spine, musculoskeletal, and nerves left her weakened and hurting. She felt isolated and lost, derailed without warning. Her limited mobility and loneliness inspired her to find purpose in new circumstances. She needed a form of release. She found art and quickly realized the power it has over inner healing. In the beginning months of rehabilitation, Rawan was unable to use her fine motor skills such as gripping a paintbrush, drawing, and other basic tasks. This led her to explore other ways in which she could find this release. In doing so, she discovered fluid art.

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Interview: Melek Toraman

Interview: Melek Toraman
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Interview: Melek Toraman
Luca Curci talks with the artist Melek Toraman during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives.

Born in 1972 in the North German Island of Sylt, Melek graduated as a designer in Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy.  After her business career in Istanbul, she moved to Alcati Izmir in 2006 due to her passion for Windsurf and nature. Melek opened her first solo exhibition in Alacati Izmir. Her strong brush strokes, she won acclaim in the contemporary art world. Her paintings began to attract the attention of many collectors and galleries. Focusing on the materials she uses in the picture, she directs the viewer to think about the principles of coloring and painting, and invites a viewpoint between imagination and truth through the free depths of the soul.

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Interview: Shafaq Ahmad

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Interview: Shafaq Ahmad
Luca Curci talks with the artist Shafaq Ahmad during SPACES – SURFACES FESTIVAL at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Shafaq Ahmad was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. After she left Pakistan Ahmad lived in the United Kingdom, Iran and Denmark before settling down in the Unit-ed States. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1991 and a Master of Fine Art degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in 2011. She worked as an art glass designer from 1995 to 2003 and collaborated with several art glass studios in Czech Republic and Sweden. She designed art glass for Barovier and Toso Czech Republic for 8 years. Her art glass designs are in private collections in many countries. Presently, she works as a multimedia artist. Ahmad has participated in many solo and over 70 group exhibitions in the USA, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Japan, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Italy and United Arab Emirates. Her work is a part of permanent collections at the Sharjah Department of Art and Culture in the United Arab Emirates, Museum of Geo-metric and Madi Art in Dallas, Texas, Mercedes Benz Daimler Financial, Corporate Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas and other institutions. Ahmad’s work has been included in 101 Contemporary Artists, Art Voices magazine, Studio Visit maga-zine, Islamic Arts Magazine, Emel magazine, Art Now Pakistan, Dallas Art Review, Star Telegram, Libas Magazine, Valassko, Vlastivedna Revue, VAIA, bont VOOR BINNEN, and Ceramic & Glass, among other publications.

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Interview: Caity Carter

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Interview: Caity Carter
Luca Curci talks with the artist Caity Carter during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives.

Caity is a graduate student at the Basel School of Art and Design in Basel, Switzerland. She obtains a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University. Caity’s work has been displayed in the United States and Europe, and she been an Artist in Residence in Alaska and Chicago. She has also worked in the entertainment and advertising industries as a professional graphic designer.

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Interview: Catherine Vasseur

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Interview: Catherine Vasseur
Luca Curci talks with the artist Catherine Vasseur during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives.

Born and living in the south of France, the colors of the mediterranean climate fascinate me all the year. Day after day, I look the lights, the contrast, the colors and the movements. My favorite game is to divert objects according to my desires. In 2015, I decide to expose my pictures. The Series: variation around the Blue, The Solitudes, The Rupestral 2.0, The shadows of museum, and 2 feet in the city…

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Interview: Darcie Goldberg and Rhoda Kahler

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Interview: Darcie Goldberg and Rhoda Kahler

Luca Curci talks with Darcie Goldberg and Rhoda Kahler during SPACES, third appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

24/7 is a project which captures the 24-hour experiences of photographer Darcie Goldberg and ceramic artist Rhoda Kahler in 7 east coast US cities: Boston, Atlantic City, Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia and Providence. By photographing people and neighborhoods and creating hundreds of ceramic impressions – from manhole covers to architectural detail – the project takes one deeply into the particular essence of each city. The project seeks also to merge the two media: photography and ceramics in truly collaborative and new ways. Historically these two media have come under question about whether they are true “fine arts.” The project began in 2014 and has continued to add more cities. Every city has its story and its soul.

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Interview: German Castro Garavito

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Interview: German Castro Garavito

Luca Curci talks with the artist German Castro Garavito during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives.

I think one comes to life to resolve a question, in my case there was always a concern about knowing what is the Origin. In my childhood, I was always passionate by clay modelling that at that time was oriented towards the Monstrous, the Ludic, the Phantasmagoric. At that time, my mother used to give me books about dinosaurs; those were part of my imagery and aroused my interest for this fantastic world. That is why in my artistic work as an adult, I look forward to maintain this connection with my essence, with the visceral, trying always to resolve the initial question. This way, my artwork does not evolve in a linear way, but more like a present continuous, a succession of now.

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