Interview: Hind Chaouat

Interview: Hind ChaouatImage courtesy of Hind Chaouat

Interview: Hind Chaouat

Luca Curci talks with Hind Chaouat during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

Born in Fes (Morocco) in 1979. Lives and works between Casablanca, Paris and Rio. In December 2016 Hind Chaouat made the video “Flawlessness”, which denounces violence against women; The video has been displayed worldwide and won several prestigious awards: Silver Dubai Lynx 2017 / Silver Loeries Johanesbourg / 3 x Gold African Crystal Festival 2017 / Gold Effie Awards Mena 2017 Dubai / Silver LIA 2017 London. Hind Chaouat is also a committed artist in the deployment of a work that destabilizes codes and popular beliefs. At the borders of art photography, advertising and fashion, the artist blurs the tracks like her mentors, the artists Pierre & Gilles and David LaChapelle. Growing up as a polyglott child, she’s been granted an education that focused on sensory and kinesthetic methods. Graduated from Icart Photo of the EDH Group in Paris, Hind Chaouat also holds a Master AES from the University of Social Sciences of Toulouse.

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

Hind Chaouat – I come from fashion photography and advertising. I worked with different magazines in Europe and Morocco and realized several advertising campaigns before deciding to devote myself more to the visual arts.
My mentors have always been David Lachappelle and Pierre & Gilles, especially for their spirit of staging.

LC – What are you currently working on?
HC – I always liked working on diversity, the mix of genders and interculturality. For me there should be no barriers between human beings, whatever their origin or gender. I am also committed to the woman.

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society?
HC – In my opinion, an artist must be engaged and create links. He has to push for reflection and nourish it by his work.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
HC – To find the inspiration … once it’s done it’s going really fast.

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
HC – I never asked myself this question. I think that whatever career you choose, it is easy for no one, hence the importance of doing what we love, because when it is done with love, we accept more easily the difficult moments.

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?
HC – Ophelia is a work I created for a previous exhibition, one I had made in Palermo on the occasion of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art and whose theme was about nature and the environment.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
HC – What I liked the most about the festival concept is that there were artists from around the world. Moreover, I have established links with some of whom I am still in contact with.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
HC – The group communicates very well on its image and chooses well the artists that it represents. There is real research work.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us? 
HC – Yes, your team is very nice. And to say the truth, it was magical to exhibit in Venice…

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