INTERVIEW: Alisa Teletović

Interviews | September 29, 2022 |


Interview: Alisa Teletović
Luca Curci
talks with Alisa Teletović during the 15th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Alisa Teletović, 1974, born in Bosnia and Hercegovina. At the age of 18, in 1993 she fees the war and settles as a refugee in Austria and then Australia. In Australia, she completed Bachelor of Arts at RMIT University in Melbourne and the Advanced Diploma in Electronics Design and Interactive Media. Alisa built her life and art career over 17teen years in Australia, but then in 2011, returns home with her family to Bosnia and Hercegovina. Alisa’s work is expressive figurative art that deals with her own life story searching for identity and belonging through an intuitive journey. The receiver of awards and acknowledgements, Alisa is entering into a new mature stage in her art career.


Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Alisa Teletović
– Art for me is home to be in, it is home to return to, to belong to, it is a sanctuary from the world. It is joy, happiness and dance. It is a hidden world of landscapes, my own imagination and belonging.

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
– After my parents divorced I started painting. I was 11 years old and soon after I entered an art competition and won two awards. On the 15th had their first solo exhibition. Three years later war started in Bosnia and Hercegovina. I escape the war and settle in Klagenfurt, then Wien, and finally my destiny took me to Australia. Here I was alone, as a refugee in a foreign country trying to make sense of my new life, and understand my role in it. Here I finished Bachelor of Arts, Advanced Diploma in Electronic Design and Interactive media in 2000. I started exhibiting in galleries throughout Melbourne, Sydney, Roxby Downs, Adelaide, Perth- my art was loved, recognized by my style.


LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
– My role as an artist over the years was strong and inspirational. As I painted my own emotive journey through life, experiences that enriched me, and helped me, were influencing others to move, to work, and start their own journey. Art plays an intricate role in society. It responds to it, it feels the pain and traumas; it reaches higher ends of painting in which then society responds, one way or another. Without art, life would be boring. Contemporary art deals with inner freedom, it develops artist’s own language, and today people tend to be more understanding of the thought processes of an artist.

LC – How is your creative process?
– I paint a series of works after inspiration that grows in my head, body, and mind. I start with a large number at once, then build up. I am completely in process of discovering my truth, listening and instinctively painting until I see an image, figure, or land I like. Then I paint to keep that. To work with it and have a sweet surrender to it. Often I talk with it. I speak words that are for that painting, and I write tittle on it when I see it, hear it, and feel it. Sometimes I work for months on a painting until she tells me enough. I feel it. From time to time, I make it in one gesture, and I know the stop, don’t touch it anymore. I love those ones.


LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
– Yes. I have so much inside of me to express that I am sometimes scared. I was divided between my role as wife, and mother and trying to paint for 17 years, and never really had enough time to let go all from myself. It builds up fears, emotions, unsaid thoughts, broken feelings, living in a foreign country, finding my identity, searching for myself and a sense of belonging to this volcano that needs to erupt. I am giving myself time, freedom and space to do that now. I am painting and growing more and more, and I surrender to it now. I am maturing in it, developing and I want more time to paint.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
– The concept of the exhibition was inspiring. I consider my work future landscapes, and new romantics, giving me self-courage to follow through with my unconsciousness. Transforming the seen and unseen partially in my works Kiss and Waiting for the beginning I deal with the image of two people kissing but when looking from the distance it could be just one figure and one face, so the infinite communication of art develops in viewer mind and travels…. inside of their hearts. My message was strong, see each other, see the person next to you, feel it, and become one. The written proposal hit me straight away, and I know it. This is for me.


LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
– The artwork in the exhibition was having a similar sense of hidden meanings and complexity of our identities.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
– For sure. I believe that the professionalism and system they developed would certainly be a great platform for art and lovers of art to move forward and promote themselves.

LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
– Getting in touch with art lovers and collectors of art, dealing with the promotion directly with the collectors, and people who love art.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID Group?
– I would like to continue collaboration and keep working together. Promoting myself and my art through ITSLIQUID Group, finding my own voice and infinite ways of expression.


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