Interview: Lidea Hajjar
Luca Curci talks with Lidea Hajjar during Venice International Art Fair 2020 and FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, second appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello in Venice and during THE SKIN PROJECT, first appointment of CANVAS Art Fair 2020 at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space in London.
Mother of four young men, Lidea M. Hajjar, from the Land of Cedars, a tiny spot on the world map, yet Lebanon is mentioned more than 70 times in the Holy Book. Faith and experiences shaped her multidimensional personality, translated in her ambitions, generosity, thoughtfulness, and passion. Pleasantly calm, she fights for what she desires with the belief that great things don’t come easily. Full- time learner, motivated by her love for everything around her, because she says we are part of the universe and we have plenty of resources. She got her degree in Interior Architecture with honours from the Lebanese American University along with her two elder boys, and another degree in psychology from Lebanese University. She speaks 5 languages and the sixth being a universal one, Art, became her greatest language. She designs her projects, plays guitar, dances, and paints with her body, mind, and soul. And in her Ted talk about Architecture and Tango, Lidea stated that everything is correlated, and every work should be done passionately. For years, her little free time occupation was painting, using different techniques and mediums. But fell lately for the acrylic abstracts, where she finds her hand wandering over the canvas, evoking lots of her emotions, and emanating unlimited expressions, especially in a style of her own she called ‘Limitless Limit’. Her goal is having lovers for her paintings more than clients, she wants her paintings owners to fall for them every day. Self-taught painter, based on the discipline of architecture, the limitations and constraints are her opportunities to design and paint. Eco-friendly artists and engineers are a must for our planet. Rules and norms are her challenge to create. Flexibility is mandatory. Criticism and new approaches are cuddled. She is enrolling in a realism workshop to add skills to her skillset. For Lidea the ”Sky is the Limit”. Through her passion for Life, she enjoys nature, reading, music, dance, yoga, walking her pets, and the most importantly spending time with her beloved ones and eating chocolate.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Lidea Hajjar – Wow! These tiny three letters word, of which I can speak for hours. GOD, the very first Artist, our Mighty Master, overwhelmed us by his Masterpieces, from the universe to our bodies. He wants us to be his image on earth, so he created wings to our souls to express freely our thoughts and our feelings. Art is enough to unit all people, in any era, from any ethnic, gender, and age speaking one comprehensible and multidimensional language (a tiny term with broad arrays). So, can you imagine how such a small word can connect the entire world?
LC – Which subject are you working on?
LH – My paintings interpret the universe, us as its stardusts, our emotions, and the stages that we go through in our lifespan, from early age to elderhood.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
LH – As I said at the beginning of my interview, God, our first artist, created us and put this gift into our potential to make a difference. In a world of pressure and chaos, the artist’s role is not negligible, he plays a role of therapist. Unlike the scientist who has to explain and defend theories, the artist is a main influencer and is capable to make people see, hear, and touch not only with their senses but with their souls. The contemporary art is an inspiration of doing less by doing and being more of who they are, and the artist can make people move towards a world of progress.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
LH – For me challenging my dreads and imperfections is the way to create my artworks. Almost every work at some level places me at my inner vulnerability. Many times I drain myself to give some life to my paintings.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
LH – Of course, they do. I am never isolated from my visitors, my main goal is creating an emotional connection with them, whatever they feel towards my artworks, and whatever they suggest enhances me to become a better artist.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
LH – The message I’d like to say through my paintings is to never forget that we are part of the universe who is in a constant change and evolution. We should always embrace the recast and adapt with any upcoming reorder to reshape ourselves. My concept is the connection between us and the universe. It shows how we embody our environment (universe, cities, landscapes) using borders to understand our boundaries, and being aligned body, mind, and soul.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
LH – I am a firm believer that we are interrelated with the energy of our existence, with our surrounding, therefore the borders, are nothing but bridges to rekindle us despite the difficulties of life.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
LH – Absolutely, your regular exhibitions and different activities are the right platforms for architects and artists to present their creations. Nothing has stopped you, even the pandemic: online contests, and events, encourage artists and art lovers to remain active. Your services are up to level, always available for any answer, providing facilities for artists and visitors. You handle the artworks with care, and this is very fundamental.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
LH – Its Liquid Group staff highly respect the artists they collaborate with, and they appreciate their work, for me this is an essential factor, finding lovers to my work is more important than finding buyers.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
LH – Its Liquid Group coherently embodies any shape, and, in many ways, it is capable to infiltrate in different communities with no obstacles.