Antonis Kourkoulos, Tempus II. Video still
Interview: Antonis Kourkoulos
Antonis Kourkoulos is a Greek artist working and tangling with matters of time and memory. From Media Studies to Cultural Management he was led studying Digital Arts in the Athens School of Fine Arts. He thinks that in the recording of the ephemeral lays the beauty of art. Photography, video and installation are the main media through which he is telling his stories.
Antonis Kourkoulos, Ariadni. Installation
Luca Curci – When did you start practicing art and why?
Antonis Kourkoulos – “Art” has always been a way of expressing myself since I was a child. There is not a specific reason or moment in time that I started practicing art. It is more an inner need that proceeds and finds its way in the world with various forms of expression.
Antonis Kourkoulos, 1311898. Video still
L.C. – Can you talk about your artistic work? Which are your inspirations?
A.K. – Time and memory play a crucial role in my work. Whether a portrait or a landscape, whatever the medium, I explore the impact of time and the relentless marks that it leaves behind. My work is deeply anthropocentric. Memories define and guide us, to better or worse. We are what we recall, in the procedure of an eternal recurrence from which we cannot escape or evade, fated to decay as time goes by. In my work I am telling the same story, exploring the notion of encapsulation, the motif that allows us to keep on going always less free, burdened by the memories that sculpt us; captives of the knowledge that once gained cannot be forgotten, both as sole personalities as much as collective unities.
My inspiration derives pretty much from everything: a feeling, a gaze, a song, a moment that captivates time, a story. It is a sudden strike that enlightens and explains the fuzziness in which I usually rely on.
Antonis Kourkoulos, Opsis. Video still
L.C. – What are you currently working on?
A.K. – The project I am currently working on is an installation about the memories that keep returning in the dawn of one’s life. Based on interviews taken of an elderly woman I am trying to create an environment where all her memories coexist at the same instant of time, a concentrated simultaneous glance.
L.C. – What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
A.K. – Always to keep notes. No matter how trivial or important something looks in the time being, it is essential to be able to trace down thoughts that may in present time be forgotten, or neglected. Everything is a piece of the same puzzle, whether used now or left for later.
Antonis Kourkoulos, Arcadia. Photography
L.C. – What is art for you?
A.K. – Art is putting things together, piece by piece, working on your vision night and day, whether the vision concerns a piece of art or growing lemon trees in the banks of Thames.
L.C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?
A.K. – Offering an international scope of today’s art, giving the opportunity to voices to be heard and works to be seen makes International ArtExpo a live caravan traveling the world, a great example of how fluidity, motion and connection should look like in today’s contemporary art field.
Antonis Kourkoulos, Le temps de lire. Video still
L.C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?
A.K. – Definitely. International ArtExpo offers accessibility to artistic platforms all over the world giving artists the opportunity to showcase their work, in an environment with high curatorial and communicational standards.