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Interview: Daria Krasilnikova

Interviews | February 12, 2015 |

7gImage courtesy of Daria Krasilnikova

Interview: Daria Krasilnikova

Luca Curci talks with artist Daria Krasilnikova during Contemporary Venice exhibition.

Daria Krasilnikova was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. Currently, she lives and works in Koblenz, Germany. Daria has finished the Master of Glass Art and Science program of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, research unit Vicarte, with the knowledge of glass blowing and other glass techniques. Currently, she attends a MFA program, Freie Kunst, IKKG in Koblenz, Germany. She started her career as a glass artist and for the past 2 years she has been working with Photography and mixed media.

Her works mainly focus on political issues, labels and stereotypes, identity problems. She doesn’t only express her own experiences in her artwork, but responds to the major political, social problems. The choice of the material has just as high importance in her work. That is why it is noticeable how different her works can be in style and medium.

Family portrait, blown glass, mixed mediaImage courtesy of Daria Krasilnikova

Luca Curci Your work was exhibited during Contemporary Venice exhibition in Venice on December 2014: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?

Daria Krasilnikova – Unfortunately, I couldn’t personally attend the opening. I came by to see the exhibition in January with my family. It was at a very beautiful and central location and the staff was very friendly and welcoming. The Palace itself looked simply fascinating. It was a great pleasure to be a part of this festival.

8Image courtesy of Daria Krasilnikova

L. C. Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

D. K. – My series “mirror” is touching the theme of identities and relationships. I think I was quite lucky to be invited to this show. This work is very fresh. It is about how we connect the inner to the outer and how we identify ourselves with it. What part of the story lies outside the photograph? What kind of relationship is there between a person in a photograph and a person in the reflection? I like to raise questions for the viewer and give a possibility for the imagination to work to its fullest.

5Image courtesy of Daria Krasilnikova

L. C. What are you currently working on?

D. K. – I attended Serigraphy workshop and was focusing on this technique combining drawings together. It helped me to develop a completely new concept for my work. (“Mind Borders”, “Personalities 1,2”) The subject is the depth of imaginary and mind. With a visual question towards the common definition of mental state of mind. I want to show in this work how much there is in our heads, how deep is the world in there and it is a sort of visual protest towards how some people can quickly put the label of “soft-headed”, “insane” to others without sometimes considering what lies behind it or what is the reason for this sort of behavior or being. At the same time I keep working on the old Russian symbol of a doll, which I have been working with previously. This exact black blown glass sculpture symbolizing women being limited by the borders of culture and a viewer is meant to feel how a personality can be limited, which I plan to put in realization using mirror.

11Image courtesy of Daria Krasilnikova

L. C. What is art for you?

D. K. – Language. Not everything can be expressed or defined with words. A lot of feelings, fears, and so on could be sometimes better explained or presented visually. I think that art is a conversation between an artist and a viewer.

4Image courtesy of Daria Krasilnikova

L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?

D. K. – Everything was very well and thoroughly organized. Well explained and taken care of. I think it is a professional organization and they know what they are doing.

13Image courtesy of Daria Krasilnikova

L. C. Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

D. K. – Yes, I do. I am a young artist myself and It is a great opportunity for exposure. It could create a wide range of possibilities for artists in the contemporary art world.

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