Interview: Khalil Charif | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Khalil Charif

Interviews | March 31, 2016 |

Interview: Khalil CharifImage courtesy of Khalil Charif

Interview: Khalil Charif

Luca Curci talks with artist Khalil Charif during PIXELS OF IDENTITIES – THE BODY LANGUAGE exhibition in Bogotá on January 2016.

Born in Brazil, Khalil Charif is an artist who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. In late 90’s, he studied at Parsons School and New York University. Afterwards, he obtained a Post-graduate degree in Art History at PUC-Rio and accomplished the Advanced Programs of the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage in his hometown. He was one of the recipients of awards like “Prêmio Interações Florestais 2011” (Brazil), “ExperimentoBIO 2013” (Spain) and “T.I.N.A. Prize 2015” (Italy). Besides, he has participated in several exhibitions and festivals including “Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid” (France, Germany, Spain during the years 2007-2008); “International Triennale of Contemporary Art” (Czech Republic, 2008); “24es Instants Vidéo” (France, 2011) and “Dublin Biennial” (Ireland, 2014).

Interview: Khalil CharifImage courtesy of Khalil Charif

Luca Curci – Can you talk about your personal experience in Bogotá? What did you think about the whole organization of the event, the artists’ selection, the communication management and opening nights?

Khalil Charif – Everything seems awesome, as I imagine by the feedback I’ve got so far. I would like to thank you all who have organized everything, I am sure that I can speak in the name of all the artists in there. I did not have the opportunity to be in Bogotá at this time, but I have participated in several Festivals in Colombia, like the “Intermediaciones”, “Low Lives 4”, “Festival de Cine de Bogotá” and others, so I’m very grateful for the interest they are having in my work along these years. Hope to be there soon.

L. C. – What do you think about the collaboration between It’s LIQUID and BAC Gallery –  Bogotá Arte Contemporáneo?

K. C. – To join forces is always good, benefits all. BAC Gallery has doing an intense work in the art field in Bogotá, since it’s opening in 2014. It is also good to know that is not only for local artists, even those artists from outside have the opportunity to exhibit and to be represented. Their collaboration with “It’s Liquid” increases the potential for them both. They have the same nature: being open to spread art beyond their physical spaces.

Interview: Khalil Charif

Image courtesy of Khalil Charif


L.C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Bogotá? How is it linked with the event’s theme?

K. C. – It’s a performance-video work called “Speeches”. It’s about the possibilities of poetic discourse having the artist’s body as an agent. It features visually fragments of my head in different angular situations, creating a visual silent discourse. It is an ongoing investigation that I have explored through the performances, possibilities of speech, intertwining fragmentation of identity, uniqueness and strangeness, as lines of research. And, just to remember, the theme of this exhibit is “the body language”, therefore, I believe this work looks to be a pertinent choice for the curatorial board, and hopefully, for the audience.

L.C. – What are you currently working on?

K. C. – I am working together with the artist Marcos Bonisson in a Super 8 footage called “Tupianas”. It is a precious material filmed by Bonisson during the 70’s in many different places in Brazil. It will be released in this March, in the Moving Image New York 2016.

Interview: Khalil CharifImage courtesy of Khalil Charif

L. C. – What is art for you?

K. C. – Well, I understand that it is a kind of question you may and should debate with others, and sure, debate with yourself first and ever. It is hard to separate art from life. Actually, I can’t identify myself out of this world – please notice that I am not saying identifying me as an “artist”, which is another different matter – . I always remember some philosophy classes that I once have had regarding “The origin of the work of art”. Heidegger says that the ambience of the art was created before the work of art itself, and before the artist. I like to remind me of it when I think about the art itself.

L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations? Do you think they can represent an opportunity for artists?

K. C. – I believe that they are committed to what they are doing, working to bring an opportunity to present the artists’ works around several places in world that in other way it would be difficult to reach out. You can always find an audience that is interested in your work, but not if you stay confined in someplace. Life may surprise you, if you get to move to make things happen.


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