Interview: Maya Georgieva
Luca Curci talks with Maya Georgieva during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 and FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, second appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
My name is Maya Georgieva, born and grew up in Bulgaria. Since 2012 I live and work in Munich, Germany. Past projects: Venice International Art Fair 2020; World Print Project 2019; Kunstrefugium’s annual exhibitions from 2013 to 2018; International Print Biennial Varna 2015 (Bulgaria). Future projects: Europe Art Fair 2021 (Amsterdam); WAW World Art Week, November 2020 – Internet platform for Art and Art projects; Luxembourg Art Prize 2020 – online Competition; BORDERS Art Fair 2020, Venice.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Maya Georgieva – For me art is my whole life. I just can’t live without drawing. And if you are asking – what do I describe as an art or artwork? – These are all quality paintings on paper, canvas, wood, breath-taking graffiti, sculptures and unique photographs.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
MG – I am interested in people, nature and the connection between them. I’m very concerned about endangered animals, that’s why I make art works, like “R.I.P. Gorilla”, “Do you still want my fur?” or “Target for hunters”, for people to pay attention on this global issue.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MG – At the moment the greatest challange for me is finding enough place to draw and collect my artworks.
LC – What is your creative process like?
MG – I am a very emotional and expressive person so I gather ideas from nature (live or from some photos in internet) but also react on a global issue (when I see something in facebook or on the news).
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MG – Honestly, it is difficult being an artist nowadays. It is like a struggle between us (all the artist) and all the people who say art is useless. The prices of the materials are also expensive. So it takes a lot of energy and money to do what makes you happy. But as I said before, I just can not live without drawing. So I keep fighting!
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
MG – Venice (Venezia) itself is enough inspiration. This is a very beautiful city.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
MG – As far as I know there is no theme for International Art Fair 2020. About Borders Festival, I do agree with the themes. For me the most interesting one is “Fragmented Identities”.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MG – This is the first time I take part in Venice International Art Fair, so I can not compare the organization with the years before.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent opportunity for artists?
MG – I think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent opportunities for artists like the Fair in Venice but also with the collaboration with other countries (like CANVAS Fair in London). Keep it this way! Work with many countries, not only in Europe but in the whole world.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
MG – I have some suggestions such as: go on sending e-mail photos of the opening to the artists. Send commercial materials (flyer, poster, etc.) on e-mail to the artists. So we can post them (photos and posters) on the social media!