Astrid Jahns, Unison
Interview: Astrid Jahns
Luca Curci talks with Astrid Jahns during Hidden Rooms exhibition in Venice.
Born in 1972 in Wolfsburg, Astrid Jahns lives and works in Hanover (Germany). She studied graphic design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover. Than she started to work as a freelance artist and writer. She works on collages, short texts, poems, film sequences, objects and assemblages. She did several national and international exhibitions, projects and publications. The focus of her artworks is the collage technique arising into mostly surreal image spaces as well as the use of language in form of poems or other short texts. The texts are usually connected with collages. The results are little stories or other narrative storylines in which the protagonists have to deal with themselves, the others and/or their environment.
Astrid Jahns, Wallwade inWiedewo
L.C. – Your work was exhibited during Hidden Rooms exhibition in Venice on November 2014: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?
A. J. – Unfortunately, I couldn’t be physically present to the festival, but I’ve seen some impressions on Facebook. So I could imagine that it must have been an amazing event. In spite of this, I was very happy to be a part of the festival, thank you.
Astrid Jahns, Once in a Blue Moon
L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?
A. J. – Hidden locations are thrilling because you’ll never know what’s going on behind the “door” while you’re not inside it. Moreover, they provide a lot of room for speculation and imagination. In addition to that, identities are thrilling in this context as well. The interplay between parts of your own identity or even the interplay between various identities offer you (and others) variable possibilities to act and represent yourself in the hidden. The film sequence Vergissmeinnicht (Forgetmenot) is showing a man who remains in a hidden location. He is completely busy with his thoughts, triggered by the fragrance of a rose. Again and again, he must think of someone who possibly left him alone. That hurts him so much that he has to nun himself into the hidden, without being able to linger in the public while thinking of this person. Vergissmeinnicht is accompanied by a sound collage composed out of several bell tones which symbolizes the thoughts and imagination of the man. The bell sonority is thus vague and cannot be heard outside the hidden.
Astrid Jahns, Snapshot
L. C. – What are you currently working on?
A. J. – Currently I continue working on various sounds which I combine. The results are arrangements which can be accompanied either by a film sequence or a single picture.
Besides, I still keep on writing poems or storylines and work on collages.
Astrid Jahns, Missgunst Grude
L. C. – What is art for you?
A. J. – I think art is a good opportunity to express oneself, furthermore, an opportunity to create and visualize something special. Art is a combination of what is deep inside of an artist, what he/she experienced and currently experiences. Also involved are thoughts, feelings and expectations of an artist. All this together includes the process of creating art. Kind of a personal collage, so to speak. Other important elements which make up the art are the curiosity to explore new topics, materials and techniques. To deal with art offers endless capabilities of growing and developing – art as a part of our identity, as a matter of fact.
Astrid Jahns, But I Will not follow you
L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?
A. J. – Well, to bring international artists together, to provide a platform of networking possibilities or realizing artistic projects, therefor engagement plays a key role and is absolutely necessary to keep things running. Thus organizations such as International ArtExhibition are essential to support the needs of artists, curators and gallery owners as well as art lovers. I like the idea of bringing together various nationalities which means seeking for a dialogue between different cultures. In addition to that, it is very important that people come together who are interested in art, whether for private or professional reason.
Astrid Jahns, Schicksal fate
L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?
A. J. – Yes, I think International ArtExpo is a significant opportunity for artist to network and exhibit, but also to become involved artistically with ideas, approaches and projects.