Interview: Kathrin Schweizer
Luca Curci talks with Kathrin Schweizer during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Kathrin Schweizer (1997, Stans, Switzerland) wanted to become a writer even before she could neither read nor write. She experiences the world by writing, painting, performing, listening attentively and, since the beginning of her film studies at the Zurich University of the Arts in autumn 2017, also through the lens of her camera. After graduating from high school, she worked in an artist’s studio, where she discovered her love for oil paint and started to travel worldwide. To discover and create in the most respectful and sensitive way is her daily motivation. She directed several short films and one mid-length documentary. She lives and works in Zurich and paints worldwide.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Kathrin Schweizer – I grew up in central Switzerland encircled by mountains. The breathtaking surroundings invited me to a lot of daydreaming. After finishing school, I started traveling and painting murals with local artists anywhere I would go. I learned a lot from all those street artists. Then I also spend some time in the studio of an artist where I discovered my love for oil paint.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
KS – It was quite an impulsive last-minute decision to apply for film school. But I thought it might combine all my interests. And it does. I went on painting on the side and it nourishes my scripts.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
KS – Of course. I use it to express any feeling that goes through my body.
LC – What is your creative process like?
KS – It is impulsive and intuitive. This leaves me very often confused. Fictional filmmaking has to be planned carefully though. This strict planning allows me to canalize my creative energy.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
KS – I don’t know how it has been any other time. I think humans have always created and it has always been hard and incredibly beautiful and vital to human existence. But I feel sometimes that art may not be appreciated as something essential nowadays. I feel in our capitalist world it is just another way of manifesting status and the art market is probably the weirdest market ever.
LC – Can you explain something about the video you have in our exhibition?
KS – I tried to look with my female gaze through the male gaze and transcend it. As a young female, I have very often experienced being musified. And it can be beautiful to be an inspiration. But only when this inspiration is seen as a human being and not as an object. The man in the video tries to break free from his patriarchic views but only when he accepts to look at himself he finds a new approach to sexuality within himself.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
KS – I think the concept is great. Unfortunately, I can’t tell if I got inspired about it because I was not able to attend physically and experience it.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
KS – It is so hard to organize an event with international artists these days.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
KS – Unfortunately I could not benefit from the services in a very useful way so far. I am sure this would have been different if I would have had the possibility to attend physically.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
KS – I don’t know that but I hope so.