Interview: Pablo Koury

Interview: Pablo Koury

Interviews | December 5, 2022 |

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Interview: Pablo Koury Luca Curci talks with Pablo Koury during CONTEMPORARY VENICE – 11th edition, at Palazzo Bembo in Venice.

I was born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in 1987 and I have been working with visual creations since I was a teenager. My main means of expression are analogue photography and filmmaking. Art is something sacred to me, a religion, an initiation, an open path. That encounter with art is an invisible and very personal communication that for me is not just about a beautiful aesthetic –  it’s a tool for knowing ourselves and transforming our society. I graduated in filmmaking at the Escola de Cinema Darcy Ribeiro in 2014 (Rio de Janeiro) and moved to NYC in 2016, for the past 3 years I lived between NYC and Europe, where I started doing artistic residencies in countries like Portugal, Iceland, Sweden and collaborated with performing artists and dancers. My work has migrated from portrait and fashion to documentary, filmmaker and video art.

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LC – What is art for you?
PK – In its essence, art is an absolutely precious thing. For me is all about what you feel, and it’s sacred. There are many things that are art but are not recognized as such until some labels and larger concepts are applied to them because It’s a concept invented by man, so in some ways, the institution of art can be compared to religion. Following this parallel of art as religion, it’s a spiritual thing, art and being an artist is an initiation – an opening of a path. That encounter with art is an invisible and very personal communication that for me is not just about a beautiful aesthetic, it’s a tool for knowing ourselves and transforming our society.

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LC – Which subject are you working on?
PK –
At the moment, I am finalising a video project called The Memory of Water I did in Sweden this year, with the choreographer Malgosia Sus and the body painting artist vilija Vitkute. I have another 2 projects underway called The Radicality of Love and Plants Dictionary also with a choreographer and dancers. I’m working a lot with filmmaking  – particularly Super 8. I like using filmmaking as a tool to dig deep into complex subjects in a light way. My more recent work has been very collaborative compared to the beginning of my career. If you look at the credits of my works over the last 3 years, there are people who are in almost all of them. As a filmmaker, you have to have people that you connect well and trust and my art lately has been the result of these encounters.

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
PK –
I think now the hardest thing is to arrange support and sponsorship for my projects and films. It’s all about time and energy. Like nature, art needs time – and time is an increasingly valuable thing in this world.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
PK –
It’s gratifying for sure, probably one of the best feelings. There’s peace in knowing that the cycle was completed – even for a short time. It’s a process within a bigger process that makes you want to do more. It’s like surfing – you’re happy to finish a wave, but the process is to stay in the sea, go back out, and not stop catching more waves.

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LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
PK –
I like working with people. I think my art themes are the relationship between humans and the environment, as well as freedom and movement.

LC – How is your creative process?
PK –
I am completely addicted to work and I think about it all the time. For me any intercession is work. My process is much more about calming my mind, taking care of myself, and fine-tuning ideas than about putting other things in. I like to write by hand on paper a lot, and try to use the computer as little as possible. When I’m on set or doing some shooting, I like to welcome things that happen at the moment – the surprises that bring things I couldn’t even imagine.

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LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
PK –
I liked the idea of mixing live performances, paintings and video art. Also very special for being in Venice at the same time as the Venice Biennale.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
PK –
I certainly think so, after the exhibition in Venice I received some messages from people who had seen my work there and a gallery in Milan also got in touch.

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LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
PK –
My experience has been positive in meeting and working with you, everyone has been very polite and attentive to me, and we are getting to know each other. I just know that I want to do more things with you.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
PK –
For sure, I have many projects that you would be interested in. I would love to do an exhibition with many projections, performance and installation.

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