Interview: Gan Yi
Luca Curci talks with Gan Yi during BODIES+CITIES SKIN, the first appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Gan Yi was born in Taiyuan, China. Learning painting since childhood, he gradually saw the truth of the art education system with the deepening of learning. He decided to escape from the mire of contemporary art through installation art to express the doubt of life, constantly try new possibilities. His art hopes to make people think calmly and move closer to the truth.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Gan Yi – Art can lead me in the direction of eternity.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
GY – My artistic practice, like breathing, happens naturally. So natural that I don’t even know I’m breathing. I had been doing art for three years when I found out I was doing it.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
GY – Keep asking questions, keep feeling the absurdity of life and keep learning how to talk to myself.
LC – What is your creative process like?
GY – I didn’t create for the sake of creating, but something happened that made me create subconsciously. It’s during the process that I think about why I’m doing this.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
GY – I don’t know my art theme, and I don’t have a fixed art theme. I always feel that there is something over there, around us, but we can’t see it and touch it. I don’t know what it is. I just want to get as closer to it as possible.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
GY – Our connivance and callousness are the breeding ground for events, but we don’t know we are such people. After the event we were like prophets guiding everything. Contradictory us and contradictory world. In between is the festival theme.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
GY – This work was not made for the festival. It is part of an unfinished set of works.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
GY – A very interesting exhibition. I won’t forget it.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GY – Of course.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
GY – I hope you will keep doing it, it is very important for the development of art. There is still a lot of room for improvement in the on-site layout of the works.