Image courtesy of Marija Koneska
Interview: Marija Koneska
Luca Curci talks with Marija Koneska during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2019 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Marija Koneska (1984) is an artist from Prilep, Macedonia. In 2008 she graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, in department of graphic art, and in 2016 she graduated from the second cycle of studies at the same faculty, department of painting. She has realized several solo exhibitions “Emptied Nest” (Macedonia, 2018) “I am fine!” (Macedonia, 2016), To persist II (Germany, 2015), To persist (Macedonia, 2014) and actively participates in group exhibitions and festivals in country and abroad. Her works were exhibit on “Paratissima” (Skopje, 2016), “Das ist Walter” (Germany, 2013), “Fist International Print Biennial” (Serbia, 2011), etc. Koneska is recognizable by the figurative visual language. She creates works inspired by the diversity of living and thinking of people. She works with a variety of materials and different techniques.
Image courtesy of Marija Koneska
Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Marija Koneska – I am one of those who believes that art should talk about the time when it is created. Taking into consideration that we are living in interesting times and I am coming from quite an interesting place. I like to create art that raises awareness of the problems that the society that I belong to is concerned.
LC – What are you currently working on?
MK – The fact that two thirds of all communication between people, is none verbal inspired me to start an investigation of this type of communication, with an idea that through individual stories that I will discover I will be able to portray the city in which I am living in.
LC – What is your creative process like?
MK – When working on questions that interest me, I prefer investigating through conversation with people, not just people who I know, but also with people I do not know. Working on the project of last year “Emptied Nests” I literally knocked on 115 doors of unknown families asking them questions in regards to the topic concerned with the project. This process is very important to me because that I feel that not only is my world but also the world of others is being expanded. The number of people I question varies depending on the amount of time I have to complete a project. When I’m done with the art work, I first show the result to the people who were involved in the research and when I see and their reaction, it helps decide if I am on the right way.
LC – Are your art works focused on a specific theme?
MK – The theme is never the same it usually coincides with something of interest or a hot topic of the moment.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MK – As time progresses so do us artists. Technology has become a very important part and medium in our lives. It has helped a lot of artist to get more exposure, at the same time, these days we have to show not just our artistic skills but also out managerial skills. Is it interesting? I guess it is.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the art work presented been created for the festival or as a part of pre-existing works?
MK – It was part of pre-existing works.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
MK – Yes, I agree with your visions and think that your idea of art closely resembles my work.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us what do you think of our service?
MK – I have already suggested yourselves for a collaboration and will do it once more. I was pleasantly surprised with your professional service.
LC – Did you enjoy collaborating with us?
MK – It was very interesting experience collaborating with your group.
LC – What are your suggestions about our service? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
MK – As far as I have seen you are providing a very good and complete service. I have found you very open for communication, which I personally very much appreciated, and will certainly contact you if I have a new idea.
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