Interviews | June 15, 2022 |

Helgard Wertel The Leviathan
Image courtesy of Helgard Wertel

Interview: Helgard Wertel
Luca Curci talks with Helgard Wertel during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of the ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

I studied the History of Art and Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg. Then I lived and worked in different countries as a dance performer, a photographer and a visual artist. I had have and have various exhibitions in Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. My current studio is located in Lanzarote/ Canary Islands.

Helgard Wertel War I Moonblood
Image courtesy of Helgard Wertel

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Helgard Wertel – For me, art means my life, my purpose in life, my way of expressing myself….why should I keep silent…why should I look away…when the world around me…my eye sees it…my heart feels it…my mind does not understand so many things…

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
HW – My current artistic work has developed from the photographic examination of objects and areas abandoned by humans and civilization. Things, used by humans, discarded and forgotten, that have already lived their own history and stripped of their original meaning, .. are placed in a new three-dimensional and current context of a bygone era.

Helgard Wertel Sleepwalker
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LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society?
HW – I think that a contemporary artist today should integrate the essential themes of our time into his artistic process. This can generate food for thought and discussion in the viewer. But art can also have a meditative and calming influence on society.

Image courtesy of Helgard Wertel

LC – How is your creative process?
HW – My creative process develops from the objects (s.o.) at my disposal in connection with current and aesthetic problems.

LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
HW – INNOCENCE is an art project I started in 2018 and is constantly being continued. The original idea consisted of an image of women, such as in the Pin-Ups of the 40s and 50s of the last century, that is no longer valid and which I wanted to translate into three dimensions. This expresses the fact that the perception of the viewer results in the image of a self-confident woman who determines her body. Her existence not only becomes a self-determined factor, but also the provocating irony of a woman who is aware of her actions. By exaggerating a figure caught in the female cliché closeness to the viewer is created and ways of thinking are questioned. The characters are aware of their strength and power!

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? Would you suggest a collaboration with us?
HW –
I thank ITSLIQUID Group for the opportunity to participate in this exhibition. The venue is very nice and the organization is perfect. I would definitely recommend this organization.

Image courtesy of Helgard Wertel

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