Interview: Anas Abro
Luca Curci talks with Anas Abro during ALCHEMIC BODY at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Anas Abro (b. 1993) is a visual artist based in Hyderabad, Pakistan. He graduated from Centre of Excellence in Arts and Design, MUET, Jamshoro, Sindh in 2016 with a major in painting; he also learnt Restoration of oil paintings and Graphic design. Abro was a member of Artist Residency program “24/7” at BQ studio, Lahore 2016. He has displayed his works nationally and internationally in various art galleries including, THE LINE Contemporary Art Space in London, Gallery 6 Islamabad, Full Circle Gallery in Karachi, AQS Gallery, Islamabad, VM Art Gallery, Karachi, Artchowk Gallery, Karachi, Spaces Gallery, Karachi, Saeed Akhter studio in Lahore, Satrang Art Gallery, Islamabad, Ejaz Art Gallery, Lahore, Alhamra Arts Council Lahore, Artscene Galleries in Karachi, My Art World Gallery, Islamabad, Zafar Kazmi Art Gallery, Sindh Museum, Hyderabad and AR Nagori Art Gallery, CEAD, MUEt, Jamshoro and he was selected for Mauritius international Art fair in 2019. Currently, Abro is working at his own Anas Abro Studio HYD and teaches art at Kollage Institute of Art and Design, Hyderabad, Pakistan.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Anas Abro – For me, art is a language shared in many forms and understood in many ways. It has the ability to speak directly to one’s mind, heart and soul.
LC – What is your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
AA – I’m a visual artist/painter and an art educator. Basically, my work has been influenced by my personal observations and experiences. I am highly observant of people around me, I do it all the time by walking streets, watching dance performances, attending theatres. I also joined yoga classes to make my body more flexible and to know more about the body and its postures.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AA – The main focus of my work is always on humans. Since my Academic level, I’m very much inspired by the human figures, their beauty and the solidity of muscles, bones and their gestures have their own expression.
LC – What is your creative process like?
AA – I generally divide the creative process into two main stages. The first stage is to conceive my work, which means that my work needs a theme and meaning to support my work. This process is often throughout the entire process like do sketches, click photographs of my models or sometimes I make myself as a model, make compositions and in some of my works I symbolize through objects like a feather, raindrop, water, drapery, birds, etc., which have a strong relationship with my idea and concept. And then, merged with the human figure. It takes a long time in the creative process because it takes a long time to create a complete work from zero to complete work. For me, the production environment of the work will not take too much time, mainly the idea at the stage of the work, when I have a relatively mature idea and thinking, the work can be completed naturally and quickly.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
AA – I think it’s a nice opportunity to blend artworks from all over the world and create a multidisciplinary exposition. And yes, I really love the theme ALCHEMIC BODY because it is related to my work.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
AA – Whether you understand alchemy as a science or as a psycho-spiritual instrument, alchemy is ultimately concerned with transformation and change. While physical alchemy is concerned with altering and transforming the properties within matter, in my work titled
“Soul Searching II”, I tried to depict spiritual alchemy which is concerned with freeing your spiritual self trapped within you by the unrefined parts of yourself.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AA – I found the event to be organized very well. Information was transparent and I received answers to all my questions quickly and efficiently.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AA – Yes, of course. It’s a great initiative for artists all around the world, especially emerging artists who are doing well in their fields.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
AA – I am very satisfied with the services provided.