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Interview: pH15

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Interview: pH15

Luca Curci talks with pH15 during BODIES the first appointement of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

pH15 is a platform intended to propose a multidisciplinary approach in the fields of art, design and manufacture. Collaboration and interaction is at the core of each project in order to push the idea of a collective input for a better result. Creative group pH15 was formed in 2014 by students of Textile and Fashion design, University of Ljubljana. Group members (Nika Batista, Vasja Bril, Katja Grčman, Ana Jazbec and Maruša Kranjc) realized that working only in the field of textile/fashion design limited their creativity and decided to take on different interdisciplinary projects, in which they were able to use different media (textile, concrete, metal, as well as photography, video, light, etc.) to convey their opinion on topics that are mainly focused on sustainable design, cultural heritage and social criticism. Their works were showcased on BIO 50, Lighting Guerilla Festival Ljubljana, Month of Design Slovenia, Shirting, just to name a few.

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Interview: Jiaqing Mo

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Interview: Jiaqing Mo

Luca Curci talks with the artist Jiaqing Mo, the winner of HONORABLE MENTION of ITSLIQUID INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 5TH EDITION 2017.

Jiaqing Mo is born in July 1993, in Hangzhou, China. Currently she lives and works in London and Shanghai She studied: 2016 – 2017 MA(Distinction) Fine Art, UAL Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK and 2011 – 2015 BA Film Directing, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. She won different prizes: Winner of The Tiffany&Co. X Outset Studiomakers Prize, London, UK (2017); Awarded The P:I:G Foundation Prize 2018 by Henrik Vibskov, Copenhagen, Denmark (2018). She has participated in several exhibitions: “Graduation Exhibition of Media and Animation Department”, CAA Building 3 Gallery, Hangzhou, China (2015); “51 ZERO/ Film and New Media Festival 2017”, The Royal Dockyard Church, London, UK (2017); “Chelsea College of Arts MA Fine Art Summer Show”, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK (2017); “The Tiffany & Co. X Outset Ceremony Exhibition”, The Vinyl Factory, London, UK (2017); “Self-Protection Manifesto”, ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (2018); “Great Ideas of Humanity: Out of the Container”, Chicago Design Museum, Chicago, USA (2018); “Space Digestion”, AsianArtWorks Gallery, Beijing, China (2018); “The 4th International New Media Exhibition”, CICA Museum, Gimpo, Korea (2018).

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Interview: Alkistis Kafetzi and Vasiliki Biska

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Interview: Alkistis Kafetzi and Vasiliki Biska

Luca Curci talks with Alkistis Kafetzi & Vasiliki Biska during PLACES the second appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Alkistis Kafetzi studied Theatre at the University of Athens and film editing at the Institute of Professional Training AKMI (I.E.K. AKMI). During her studies she worked as an editor on short films and documentaries. Since 2012 she has been collaborating with the Institute of Experimental Arts and the director Taso Sagri as a video artist for the theatrical productions “Dying as a country” (2012), “Psychosis 4:48” (2013) and “Night” (2017). In 2013 she worked as a videoartist for the Theater Company “Players” and the director Maria Sava for the performance “I bought a shovel from IKEA to dig my grave”. In 2017 she worked together with Vasiliki Biska for the art installation “Hell is Here” by the artist Sophia Gika. Since 2014 she is living and working in Munich, Germany as a freelancer videographer and video artist. The last two years her main interest is video art projects combining contemporary dance and human movement in space.

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Interview: alina assenova

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Interview: Alina Assenova

Luca Curci talks with Alina Assenova during BODIES and PLACES the first and the second appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Alina Assenova was born in Bulgaria, in 1971. During her childhood she always drew when people talked around her, it was much easier to understand the world through those eyes. She drew on all the Comic and drawing books, and photos. She studied Interior and Exterior design, then studied Philosophy and Psychology, which reflects in her paintings. Always looking for the dynamics and pillars of human evolution, she likes to explore the strength and capacity of human resistance.

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Interview: Katarzyna Podgórska-Glonti

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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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Interview: Sara Hupas

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Interview: Sara Hupas

Luca Curci talks with Sara Hupas during ITSLIQUID INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 5TH EDITION 2017.

Sara Hupas was born in 1987 in Prudnik (Poland). She graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts Jan Matejko in Krakow at the Faculty of Sculpture. In 2017 she received a diploma (awarded with a medal), in the Sculpture Studio IV, conducted by Prof. Józef Murzyn. Annex to the diploma at the Sculpture Studio in Metal under the direction of Prof. Krzysztof Nitsch and in the Drawing Studio III, run by Prof. Ewa Janus. In the years 2007-2010 she was a student at the Opole Art Institute in the field of Artistic Education in the Field of Fine Arts, where she obtained a Bachelors degree in 2011, in the studio of Prof. Marian Molendy. Her works have been presented at many group exhibitions in Poland and abroad, including Arte Laguna Prize in Venice, Art Prize CBM in Turin, VI International Textile Triennial in Serbia.

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interview: Luz Bañón

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interview: Luz Bañón

Luca Curci talks with Luz Bañón during PLACES the second appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Luz Bañón, pseudonym of María Luz Ruiz Bañón, was born in Murcia (Spain) in 1969. Multidisciplinary artist from Murcia who experiences his artistic work in disciplines such as painting, sculpture or video-installation. Graduated in Fine Arts by the Faculty of Murcia and Higher Technician in Plastic Arts and Design in Arts Applied to Sculpture by the School of Art of Murcia, receiving the first extraordinary prize of the Region of Murcia awarded by the Ministry of Education and Universities of the CARM in this specialty. She is currently a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Murcia (Spain). In the last few years, he has held several important individual exhibitions and has also participated in numerous group exhibitions. Committed to research, she works on the relationship between landscape-art-culture from different disciplines such as video and painting.

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