Interview: Natallia Wagner
Luca Curci talks with Natallia Wagner during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
I was born in Belarus in 1975. When I was ten years old, I got the opportunity to start my apprenticeship as an artist at the state lyceum of arts “Achremchic” in Minsk. Thirteen years later, I successfully graduated as an artist in the field of graphic design from the Minsk Academy of Arts. Currently, I live and work in Germany. In this material world, with full integration of material world achievements, like playing a sport plane, karate, my own company ensures my existence here and naturopaths for psychotherapy… this all extreme (for me) experiences, which I go through mentally and physically, merge with my art… I’ve participated in some exhibitions and now, I am passionately working on the next art projects.
Luca Curci – When you take photos, are you usually inspired by the situation or do you find inspiration in yourself?
Natallia Wagner – I do a lot of sport by myself, including karate and fitness. Feeling the body so beautifully produces emotions for me and my mind. I memorize them unconsciously. Inspiration comes from this point: in the structures of the graphics, the simbiosis for me is my body language. What I feel, what I create, the movements were not in the foreground in this series. The gures are static. but grac, on the other hand, stands in contrast to statick. It is very restless, spontaneous and it corresponds to emotions; the beautiful bodies are only the shell of a soul. Here creative expression and distance from movement itself very much what that about.
LC – How much is the editing process important? How’s yours?
NW – At the moment when the photos are ready, there where so many technical and organizational things to distract and this is where the meditative process begins. This is not really done by hand or computer programs; I have many years of experience in photo editing, but final results come from feeling, I know what I’m doing but I don’t think because it’s a purely unconscious process…and it lasts sometimes two or three days until I have achieved what I wanted to express…
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
NW – Accepting the work is finished: you go through a journey, a mental battle of the spirit against knowledge. I know that it looks beautiful and I am not supposed to know but feel it. These are stories behind a few lines lived through and sweat through. Where the journey ends, there is the end of one of the stories.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
NW – Yes that is inevitable. In art school, we learned painting realistically for over 13 years, so in the end, it is courageous to leave all that and to work as an abstract artist as I am now. Based on medium photography, it helps to make the expression worse than modern art but from time to time I do very realistic works by hand.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
NW – I see art as a great opportunity not only to express my own personality, own character and silence, but I integrated it also into my work as a naturopath. Art is one of the most powerful mediums to cure mental discomfort. I intend to share this experience as an artist with my works and as an art therapist with my time.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
NW – Yes, I followed the exhibitions and interviews on the internet, this is a very nice place for art and presentations which are carried out professionally. We don’t have to say how difficult it is to arouse interest in art at this time with the lockdown. I am happy anyway to be part of it and I love this theme anyway.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
NW – It should go on and on again and again.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
NW – You are all very professional and polite people. I enjoyed a lot cooperating with you.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
NW – I can not wish for more. Thank you very much!