Interview: Olga Dimoliati

Interview: Olga Dimoliati

Interviews | March 4, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Olga Dimoliati

Interview: Olga Dimoliati
Luca Curci talks with Olga Dimolieti during BODYSPACES, first appointment of CANVAS CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

“Currently living in Vienna, I am a Greek artist, dancer, interior designer and a mother of two beautiful creative souls, who have been living around the world for more than ten years, searching for Happiness.
As a dancer of Traditional Greek Dances myself, I like to experiment with my art trying to depict the feelings and sensations that run through my body and soul while dancing, while reaching the so-called Euphoria and uplifting happiness of the soul. Through my work (art/ dance/ interior/ design) I like to investigate opportunities of how we can create a positive impact in our souls, in our everyday life, in society and in the world. How can we become a little bit happier than yesterday …?” – Olga Dimoliati

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Image courtesy of Olga Dimoliati

Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Olga Dimoliati –
I am participating in the exhibition BODYSPACES with my artwork, titled:” The (still) Dancer in Me”. This work is part of my personal project called “Soul Dancers / Dancer’s Soul”. In this project, I’m investigating the relationship between the Body and the Soul during the act of Dance. The Dance is a way of Being, a way of celebrating Life and the uplifting/happiness of the Soul, expressed through the Human Body. Is the Body the sole bearer of movement or is it a means of presenting/representing the Soul? Or is it the Soul itself? Is one’s Soul their Identity And can the body’s movement or the body itself, depict one s identity? What IS identity?

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
OD –
My current artistic practice is the result of a long journey through art, dance, primitive sounds, countries, experiences, knowledge, self-discovery and realizations. Everything that I carry in my ‘personal suitcase’ is reflected in my art in one way or another. Techniques and practices that I have learned in universities, classes, workshops and self experimentations help me to depict images and feelings that I have experienced in my literal and emotional travels. As the journey continues the practice changes and evolves, alongside the artist herself.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
OD –
Balancing family, modern life obligations and making time for artwork. I am very lucky because I have managed to transfer my love for creation to my children and I always try to include them or just let them be around me while I make art. Thus, they respect my need to do something that I love which gives me time to create my artwork but also gives me the opportunity to make art with them, be with them and also get inspired by them. As we all know children’s art is beautifully uncomplicated and full of meaning at the same time. This is a great source of inspiration for me. The project “Soul Dancers/Dancer’s Soul” is a project that developed this way.

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Image courtesy of Olga Dimoliati

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
OD –
For the moment yes but usually I like to experiment with new ideas and themes. Most of the time one theme or practice leads to another and gives me new subjects to work on. However, the main idea which runs through all my work, which consists of art, dance and interior design, is the creation of a positive impact in our souls, in our everyday life, in society and in the world. It is an investigation of how can we become a little bit happier than yesterday.

LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or instinctive process?
OD –
It is a long instinctive process which at some point becomes conscious and reasoned. My inspiration comes from Mother Nature, light and shade, the sea, dancing and music, places and people, my homeland and culture, and experiences. Also in my art, I like experimenting with various materials and techniques, mostly improvising, just like in some forms of dance All these experimentations and inspirations are incorporated into my art unconsciously in the beginning but at some point, they might consciously become a main theme for a project.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
OD –
ITSLIQUID approaches the creative field in a very interesting and modern way which is I believe, the way to move forward. It is necessary in our modern world to create new norms and easy connections which can be easily accessible. BODYSPACES is a very strong theme that can have a lot of different interpretations. In relation to the theme, my work explores the body as the mean of expression of our emotions, feelings, thoughts, and our pure soul. The body is also the ‘space’ which collects memories, which ‘maps’ experiences and it reminds us of old unhealed wounds. It is the creator of energy and life. As it is mentioned in the theme of the exhibition, in the modern world we do face the transformation of bodies, identities, cultures and society. However, at the end of the day, the BODY is the only ‘thing’ that we actually possess and will stay with us until we die. Transformed, more or less, is the first step and the last step for the appropriation of our identity. Maybe it even IS our identity.

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Image courtesy of Olga Dimoliati

LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
OD –
The work “The (still) Dancer in Me” aims to challenge the relationship between the Dancing Body, Space and Time. The title itself is a contradicting metaphor. On a still painting, you can only capture a fragment of time, a still picture of one sole movement. How are the Body, the Soul, Identity and Life formed and transformed in the Past, during the Present and into the Future of one’s dance and one’s life? What happens before and after the still image of “The (still) Dancer in Me”? What is the movement and the feeling before and what after? How does the body create and spread the energy and where does this energy go? How does it feel to dance in a sea of energy?

LC- What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
OD –
ITSLIQUID is an amazing hub where creative people can showcase their work and connect with each other and also with people interested in arts. It is a great idea which actually works in practice!

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
OD –
From my own experience I can say that ITSLIQUID is very easy to access and the services are great. Their project managers are very well prepared, proactive and always willing to support if any issues arise. I definitely suggest a collaboration with ITSLIQUID!

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
OD –
I enjoyed the cooperation very much and I had a great time at the opening of the BODYSPACES exhibition in Venice, where I got the chance to meet the ISTLIQUID team in person as well as many other artists. Thank you and good luck with all future projects!

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Image courtesy of Olga Dimoliati

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