Interview: Gelavizh Abolhassani
Luca Curci talks with Gelavizh Abolhassani during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello and at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
“My name is Gelavizh Abolhassani. I am a Graphic & Visual Designer, passionate about design in communication, drawing, painting and video art. While currently working on my PhD in Philosophy of Arts at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, I’m looking for new challenges and new projects. Do not hesitate to drop me a line!”
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Gelavizh Abolhassani – I would say art is my life. It is a moving thought, a rumbling feeling, with an expression. I have been trying to picture and visualize every single moment of my life all along, through my artworks. When I read books and papers or watch movies and documentaries or listen to music, there is this certain peak of feeling, an action-reaction construct, like an eruption of sensory inputs that turn out to be the birthplace of my next art project. So art is everything I know, art is everywhere I look around, it’s the way I comprehend the world and the way I understand our purpose.
LC – What are you currently working on?
GA – I am working on my PhD thesis in Philosophy of Arts at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. My current research interest is the impact that politics has on the freedom of artistic expression, with an accent on the Middle Eastern countries, as well as all over the world, including the highly developed countries, making a parallel comparison of how we may define the freedom of artistic expression and the influence of the political situations locally and globally. Aside from that, I’m generally working on video art performances, portraying the reflection that current activities and conditions have on our way of thinking and dealing with the question of freedom at a basic level.
LC – What is your creative process like?
GA – As I have mentioned before, my creative process is always inspired by my life and the norms given towards some particular situation or condition. I am reflecting on my feelings rounded up by the critical thoughts in consideration of the current situation whether in social politics or life in general. The process itself, originating in my mind, builds its own flow in finding and creating questions and answers accordingly, ending up with the choice of the most appropriate media to express them.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
GA – My artworks are mostly a portrayal of the current happenings and are a way for me to take an active part in dealing with them. Themes like the impact of political regimes, my ways of analyzing and understanding historical happenings that keep on repeating themselves in some form, inspire my creative thought by combining the results of the past and looking for a way to come to a solution or set up a sort of a pattern offering a better understanding and motivating additional ways of expression among artists.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
GA – Each artist has his or her own point of view about ways and purposes of expression. I would say, creativity and the story behind an artwork is playing the main role of being an artist. In my opinion, although the artist might know the theory and the structure of the medium he or she is practicing, that by itself, is not sufficient in order to create an effective artwork that carries a powerful statement. Being an artist nowadays can be challenging, as the artistic thought goes often outside the borders of the systems the artists are being part of. Therefore, the possibilities of accurate expression are bordered by the norms and rules given by the system. Finding the right channel and tools to express yourself, as well as the language you are basically allowed to use (or not), organize the flow of your thinking and set margins on the ways of expressing it.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
GA – I think that the very idea of building a platform for artists in a situation as difficult and demanding as the pandemic is a motivating and inspiring move for everyone in the art industry. As exhibition spaces and the possibilities of presenting artworks to the general public gets ever more difficult day by day, platforms in a form of collaborations between successful guides empower the artists by motivating them to keep on creating.
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?
GA – My Video performances presented at the Art Fair, were not created intentionally for the festival but rather inspired by the actual situation we all found ourselves caught up in – the lockdown. Having in mind that this collaboration platform has been created exactly as a result of this situation, the performances were a great match to the idea and the time, and the right place to present them.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
GA – I find the Platform appealing and creative in its idea, functionality and main target, adaptive to situations, and competent in the execution.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GA – I enjoyed the given opportunity by this Platform and I am very thankful for being able, especially in times like this, to get the chance to exhibit at the Venice Contemporary Art Fair.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
GA – I find Itsliquid Group a powerful support group for artists. It empowers their artistic expression from various aspects and opens many opportunity doors as a result of the quality of the corporations it establishes.