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Interview: Ajyad Al Khalifa

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Interview: Ajyad Al Khalifa

Luca Curci talks with Ajyad Al Khalifa during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives.

I was born in May 2003 in Montreal, Canada. My nationality is Bahraini and Bahrain is where I live. I attend an American-based international high school. I value my friends and spending time with them. I enjoy playing basketball, and I love music of all genres, and of course, I love art. I started practicing art in kindergarten, where I would draw butterflies and flowers every day. My practice in drawing then lead me to design and fashion, and ever since late middle school/early high school, I started to be engaged and invest my time in the practice of fine arts. I continue the practice and studies of fine arts today, and hopefully, I will forge a career in art.

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Interview: Brooke Emmett

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Interview: Brooke Emmett
Luca Curci talks with Brooke Emmett during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at Misericordia Archives.
Brooke Emmett is a California-based digital illustrator. She’s been creating for as long as she can remember, and uses her daydreams, personal experiences, and emotions to create vividly weird works.

 

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Interview: Erika Barillari Davel

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel
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Interview: Erika Barillari Davel

Luca Curci talks with Erika Barillari Davel during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018, THE BODY LANGUAGE 2018 and VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2019 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Erika Barillari Davel was born in Genoa (Italy) in 1973, she lived in Italy, Dubai, South Africa, Hong Kong and then she moved to London. In 1991 she attended Paul Klee’s High School obtaining diploma in Fine Art and then, in 1993, she’s got the professional qualification of Frescoes restoration and decoration technician (recognised by EU).
Since then she has developed different interests in art, strongly increasing her experience with different media types. From 1994 to 2002 she managed her own company O Scagno de Arti producing: objects (frame, mirror, coffee table, bedside table etc.using different techniques) mosaic, trample l’oil, bas-relief, decorative cementfloor, faux finishes, azulejos, restoration of fresco, floor with technique of opus incertum, border and skirting decorated, faux wallpaper, paint techniques. She collaborated with the firm Gepco in 1994 then with La Bottega in 1996 and with the artist Alessandro Gambuzza from 1997 to 2002, travelling in all Italy. In 2002 she was asked to join other artist to work in Dubai (U.A.E) at Mercato Shopping Mall and be responsible for scenic painting of exterior and interior facades and shop fronts. Then in 2003 she moved in South Africa and she participate to the completition of Ushaka Marine World in Durban and having the opportunity to work with Kobus De Beer. In 2004 she been back in Dubai to work In IBN Battuta Shopping Mall and in the Mall of Emirates until 2005. From 2006 until 2011 she lived in South Africa and showed her fascination for the African culture in her beautiful sepia oil paintings. Most of her artwork is being 800×1000 or larger. Her speciality is capturing the expressions on the faces of the women. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.” (matt. 6;22)

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Interview: Jerca Šantej

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Interview: Jerca Šantej

Luca Curci talks with Jerca Šantej during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

The artist and painter Jerca Šantej was born in Sevnica, Jerca Šantej in 1964. She discovered her passion for art at an early age and pursued an in-depth art education at numerous universities and workshops in Slovenia. After graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences, direction textile design with prof. Dusan Kirbiš and armed with her college degree (including achievements in law studies), Jerca dedicated herself to the ascetic life of a painter. In 1991 Jerca enjoyed critical and popular acclaim at her first solo artist exhibition, which yielded a wide array of invitations to present her work at exhibitions around the world. Jerca Šantej lives and works within Slovenia’s verdant rolling hills and valleys and in the charming capital city of Ljubljana.

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Interview: Hella Rass

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Interview: Hella Rass
Luca Curci talks with Hella Rass during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at Misericordia Archives.

Hella Rass was born in Germany, she is a performance artist with focus on contemporary art dance creations. She started with academical dance, techniques such as Graham, Cunningham, Humphrey-Limon, she developed her work as master student Laban/Barrtenieff with Fe Reichelt, a German expressionist dancer formed by Mary Wigman, Jacques Lecoq for drama art, mime corporel with Maximilien Decroux, Yoshi Oida, Yoshito Ohno and No theater, Kabuki theater, Butoh, “Les Barres Flexibles” by Wilfride Piollet & Jean Guizerix in movement studies and ballet work. She is author of numerous art performances: 1991 Totentanz (DanceScreen) 1992 sans issue/ausschnitt (milanoltre festival) 1994 desenchant-mass ohne mass- drippings – disappointment (DanceScreen) 1995 Till Eulenspiegel– la grille c’est le moment terrible pour la sensibilité: la matière (Bagnolet) 2001 Parfum de France(Beaux-Arts) 2002 Colors ou toutes les couleurs du monde (Cave Saint Sabin) 2002 La Robe (Beaux-Arts) 2004 Analyse de la ligne libre 2005 Liaison(s) covalente (Beaux-Arts) 2016 Mon Mouvement dansé (its liquid). She collaborated with Davide Ballula for the performance “The Endless Pace” (Centre Pompidou 2011), Anne Collod “Blank Placard Dance” (Centre Pompidou 2016). She worked within the construction of an Eco quartier with the experimental architects of Bellastock (2012/15), and PlastiqueFloreDanse in the garden of Versailles (2010/12). She lives in Paris, France.

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Interview: Karol Drzewiecki

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Interview: Karol Drzewiecki

Luca Curci talks with Karol Drzewiecki during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

Karol Drzewiecki (born in 1987) is a painter who graduated the Faculty of Graphic Arts and Visual Communication at the University of Arts in Poznań. He is the finalist of the 5th edition of the PincPonc International Art Project “A Day on Earth“. Participant of many group and individual exhibitions in Poland and Europe. Record-holder of the 18th Young Art Auction at the DESA Unicum auction house (2012). In his works, he skillfully combines the aesthetics of street art with pop art. With the help of art, Drzewiecki takes up current, socio-cultural topics that engage him, and explores the mutual relations of forms and colors put together on canvas in various configurations. One of the most important inspirations of the artist are dynamics and movement. Both in the context of the painting’s theme and the expressive stylistics of the work.

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Interview: Kevin Coyle

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Interview: Kevin Coyle

Luca Curci talks with Kevin Coyle during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Kevin Coyle is a painter and visual artist living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a recent MFA graduate in Studio Art from Moore College of Art and Design where he focused on oil painting. Coyle’s interest in film started while he was an undergrad in the early 2000’s, but his recent focus on painting has drastically changed his approach to film. As a former news writer his earlier film work was grounded in exposition and sketch comedy. Years of focus on gestural painting has pivoted his interest into atmosphere and sound.

                          

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