Interview: Alexandra Kordas
Luca Curci talks with Alexandra Kordas during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, second appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Sometimes life changes from one moment to the next without any notification. For me it was two and a half years ago when my son afflicted with heavy flue and I was stuck at home for three weeks nursing him as a single mother. Feeling deeply lonely and frustrated, suddenly out of the blue I had the deep wish to become creative and to paint. As I always listen to my inner voice, I immediately bought everything that was required for my first painting. From that moment on, I never stopped painting, creating sculptures and installations in numerous ways, forms and materials. Everything of my work is achieved through various inspirations that have touched my attention, including spiritual, emotional and intellectual channels. Between heaven and hell, life and death, joy and pain my artwork always move between these contrasts, which life inevitably brings with it. The symbol of the Christ Cross, which plays a centrale role in most of my works, symbolizes for me those two poles in life and does not relate to theological meaning. Art gives me the opportunity to open myself up in a way I would not have thought impossible before. Here I can reveal my feelings unfiltered.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Alexandra Kordas – I am a trainned actress and worked before my son was born as a script writer. I have no education as an artist at all, only that I went for more then 10 years to a so called “Waldorfschule (Rudolph-Steiner-Schule)”. Here you are in touch from your first year of school with the creative, artistic and spiritual world and it is very different from all other forms of schooling. Still today I am very much influenced from these years at that school but I am also very much influenced on my daily, personal life and also whats going on/ or was going on in the world politically. World War II influenced me a lot, especially as I wrote a script taking place in this time. By having done lots of interviews with people from this time which touched me deeply and made it impossible for me living and thinking as I had done before. Also having heavy things happening in my childhood made me being confronted with pain and hurt very early… but as I do have thanks to God a very good life on the other side, I am always aware that life has joy and happiness too.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
AK – At the moment I am working on five pieces of art, a mixture between painting and installation which is inspired by violence, World War II and all life matters and refugees as well.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AK – I get my inspiration mostly out of my soul, waking up in the middle of the night and knowing what I will do next and whats going on socially and politically in our world at the moment.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
AK – For me the role of an artist in our society, especially in the contemporary art, is that he should put his finger on the wounds of society and the injuries of the people. He should open up the eyes of everyone. Especially on subjects people normally don’t like to look at because it’s painful and hurts. I think it’s his task to get people in touch with the problems and needs of our world, in a way they cant close their eyes any longer.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
AK – Fragmented Identities is a great festival which showed so many different aspects of life with the art they are showing, especially at this time and it inspired me to allow myself to be even more creative in expressing my self and continue to go the way I am already going.
LC – 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?
AK – The message behind my two paintings and my sculture are: Everybody is living in the borders which is created for him from outside by the world he is living in which he has in his own hands to accept or not…or in the borders he created for himself by limiting himself. Whats also up to him to change it or not.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AK – I loved the event, how it was done; and I was very proud to be chosen as on of the artist to take part of it. I was especially happy to have my art in both of the wonderful locations. The only think that I don’t understand is, why you are closed on the weekends where most of the tourist are in Venice. But I am sure you have your reason for that.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us? What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
AK – I am very happy and honored to work with ITSLIQUID and I think it’s a great platform for artists to show their art internationally and being able to take part in great exhibitions. In my opinion it’s also great that you have so many different artists from so many different places of the world taking part. It makes the event very international. Last but not least, I love to work with ITSLIQUID and all the people behind the scene. It’s a big honor and pleasure for me to be part of the festival.