INTERVIEW: OLGA DRACHUK-MEYER | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: OLGA DRACHUK-MEYER

Interviews | September 23, 2020 |

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Image courtesy of Meyer Originals

Interview: Olga Drachuk-Meyer
Luca Curci
talks with Olga Drachuk-Meyer during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

Olga Drachuk-Meyer was born 1989 in Vinnyzia, Ukraine; she studied German language and literature at the University of Lviv. From 2013 to 2015 she was scholarship holder of the DAAD Foundation at the Technical University of Cologne, Germany, where she is doing her Master in Social Work with a focus on Aesthetic Education. From 2014 to 2016 she was a member of the Young Academy of the Arts of the World Cologne. From 2013 to 2016 she completed the training programme of the Theatre Department of the University of Cologne. Since 2014 she is working as a free performer artist in Cologne. In her works she deals with the phenomenon of pain (“Corporified pain” 2014), proximity and distance (“Getting to know each other: an experiment” 2014), existing power mechanisms (“Brother nation?” 2015; “This is my home” 2015; “The Trial of Liberation-1” 2019) and social conditions (“Majdan! Ukraine” 2015; “This is my home” 2017). Her work focuses on performance art, dance, installation, art in public space and aesthetic space research. Since 2014 she is collaborating with MAI (Marina Abramović Institute), the Academy of the Arts Cologne, the Studiobühne Köln, the Technical University of Cologne, the Raum 13, the Ensemble Freihandelszone, the Ensemble Futur3, the group Phonoschrank and Thomas Zipp, the Festival Sommerblut Köln, the festival Cheers for Fears Cologne, the Kreisch! Festival for Street Arts Essen, the performance-group Freie Performance Kultur, the Group Global 3000 – Gallery for Sustainable Art Berlin, the Petra Martinetz Gallery Cologne, the group bodyincrisis and Gregor Weber, the cultural centre Alte Feuerwache Köln, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, The Institute for Art and Innovation, Social Art Award, ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition Venice, the International Art Fair Contemporary Art Ruhr, Karosta Festival Latvia and the Pinchuk Art Centre Kyiv.

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Image courtesy of Olga Drachuk-Meyer

Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Olga Drachuk-Meyer –
The main source of my inspiration is the life itself. It could be a daily episode, a notice or a deep experience, which attract my attention and curiosity.

LC – What are you currently working on?
OD-M –
The theme I am working on now is the question of personal freedom in the frame of social requirements and constraints, but also one’s own fears and behavior patterns.

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Image courtesy of Torsten Meyer

LC – Are your performances focused on specific themes? 
OD-M –
It is always different. Sometimes it could be a theme, which moves me and which I explore in my work or an emotion, a gesture, an inspiration, which want to be expressed through a medium of the art work.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your performances?
OD-M –
To catch and crystallize the idea.

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
OD-M –
According to me, the artist is a person who turns attention to certain phenomenons and problems.

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Image courtesy of Sebastian Wolf

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
OD-M –
The question on the body and its expression is essential in the times of virtualization – it is a return to the fundamental question of the human being.

LC – In which way the performance presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
OD-M –
In my performance “The Trial of Liberation – 1” I try to translate a certain emotional experience to the physical dimesion in order to make it tangible and on this way to explore its essence.

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Image courtesy of Nathan Dreessen

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
OD-M –
The ITSLIQUID GROUP managed to create a platform for artists for interdisciplinary exchange with a possibility to reflect one’s own work, to get to know different artistic approaches, to expand networks and to participate in the current artistic discourse.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
OD-M –
I would like to thank you for the great opportunity to perform in the fabulous Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi: it was a big pleasure and honour for me. I thank you for the warm atmosphere and all your support. 

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
OD-M –
I definitely will! Thank you for your great work!

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Image courtesy of Sebastian Wolf
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Image courtesy of Meyer Originals
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Image courtesy of Olga Drachuk-Meyer
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