Interview: Alexandra Zilioli
Luca Curci talks with Alexandra Zilioli during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Alexandra Zilioli was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1987. She graduated in social educations and worked for many years with people with trauma experiences. Her high sensitivity allows her to explore emotions in deep aspects of being and connect them poetically. One of her statements is: “The creativity allows to form a world of protection, development and connection, all at once”. According to her, symphony, sound, rhythm, nature, color, structure, movement, light, shadow, and emotions play together; and she always states: “Perceive the subconscious, understand it and transform it”.
The video “Moment of a Dream“, presented in THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021 exhibition, mirrors three aspects of being (living, dreaming, contemplating). The viewer is free to play with all aspects. The circle concludes that it was only a moment of a dream, instead, it was an excerpt of contemplation.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Alexandra Zilioli – I was born in Zürich, 1987, studied social educations and worked for many years with people with trauma experiences. I give people new perspectives about how they can understand, accept and transform their situations in life. So I try to do that through my art in the same way. Mirroring emotions, environmental impacts and thoughts. It’s all about situations that life brings and let them free to find their own solutions in themselves.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
AZ – My high sensitivity allows me to explore emotions in deep aspects of being and connect them poetically. I am really into “Human being and their Surroundings” confess it to change into better. Art is for me an extension of being me in the purest way. I think creativity allows us to form a world of protection, development and connection, all at once.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
AZ – Primary the Medium is me, then it goes to express it. A symphony of sound, rhythm, nature, colour, structure, movement, light, shadow, emotions that play together to open…
LC – What is your creative process like?
AZ – I sing, I text, I draw, I compose, I create… Processing starts every time with a feeling, then it goes into thoughts, after that I connect the emotions, my thought with my surrounding. The music, the object, the text, each thing is one flowing part, it is every time a free interpretation in the moment of time. Perceive the subconscious, understand it and transform it.
LC – What are you currently working on?
AZ – My actual artworks are: “Colorful”, through which I created faces of strangers by exploring my emotions when I listen to them , while they are talking. I applied the colors through Ayurvedic teachings, which I used to strengthened or neutralized the respective feeling through the color. The technic is pastel and chalk. I’m working also on video art and my actual video work is “Stones”. With it, I tried to hide the direct object in the video so that the viewers are free to think about what assimilates their own subconscious. My grants are the pain about money that goes into depressions and how nature can heal if we don’t destroy it.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AZ – The “Una Dream” video work is a vision of closing a circle – for connecting space, life and subconscious in love… The circle concludes that it was only a moment of a dream, instead, it was an excerpt of contemplation.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
AZ – The concepts of “ItsLiquid“ allowed new and renovated artists to connect and inspire them mutually. I think that is just fantastic. I really appreciate how you use virtual media to distribute art. I think it is more important than ever to have these skills during these challenging times, so we can connect to the world.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? What are your suggestions about our services?
AZ – The only thing I would have liked to see would be a headphone for the kind of art videos so that the viewer can put himself deep into the video through the acoustic demarcation from the outside world.