Interview: Sadia Safder
Luca Curci talks with Sadia Safder during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Artist Sadia Safder was born and raised in Karachi. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at IVS in 2018 with double majors in sculpture and miniature painting. She is currently a Karachi based artist. She has exhibited her work in Koel gallery, a group show titled ‘Spacebar’, at Artkaam gallery, a group show titled ‘Teen’, in Alliance Francaise titled ‘Karachike Nazaaray’ and in International public art festival 2020 titled ‘Karachi ki khoj’. The artist’s work is based on experimentation, fragmentation, layering, construction and deconstruction of a material. She has been working with mesh wire since her thesis year and now she has extended her practice to using other recycled materials such as wood, paper, tape and other scrap material. Recently she has also started incorporating light and shadows and creating 3-D installations which have had more visual impact and spatial interaction. Her idea usually revolves around preservation as she likes to collect and preserve materials instead of throwing them away. This idea is then manifested into her visuals which are an influence of her surroundings, landscapes, nature, moving from one place to another and daily practices covering environmental and heritage elements. Her works that are shown during FUTURE LANDSCAPES are titled “Songs of Nature”. As the current situation of the world with the spread of Covid-19 has been very traumatizing and scary, it has also brought us closer to ourselves, family and personally for the artist more attuned towards nature. Therefore the visuals here are inspired by nature. The works produced during the pandemic was the result of the artist’s personal interaction with the environment. It was like a healing process for both mind and soul. For her, Art besides a form of self-expression is also a way to connect with the audience and see the world not only from the artist’s perspective but the viewer’s as well. Art can be very liberating and engaging when you are able to achieve the attention of the audience in connecting with your piece. Art should be left to one’s own interpretation and imagination regardless of what the artist’s intention is. It is an achievement when people from outside the artist community with less awareness are also able to relate to the artwork.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Sadia Safder – I am working on a sculpture design project based on the idea of ‘Other Worlds Lie beyond the Stars’, a poem written by the famous Pakistani poet Allama Iqbal. Also in these difficult times as we all have become bound with so many rules and precautionary measures, working on this project theme is one way of never losing faith and struggling to achieve your goals.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
SS – I was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from IVS in 2018 with double majors in sculpture and miniature painting. I am currently a Karachi based artist. My works are based on very simple and basic things happening around me. It is a day to the day learning experience which shapes and reforms my work based on observations.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?
SS – I mostly work with waste and industrial material which in itself is very challenging. It is a constant struggle in terms of handling the material and working on its aesthetics to make the works look more appealing to the viewers.
LC – What is your creative process like?
SS – As I said, it is a constant struggle in handling the material, however, there is a lot of experimentation and exploration involved. This is the fun part as it keeps on generating ideas while working on a piece, which means I am never sure what the end result would be.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
SS – The idea of preservation is always there as I recycle and use waste materials. However, my visuals change, based on situations and observations as they are an influence of my surroundings, landscapes, nature, moving from one place to another and daily practices covering environmental and heritage elements.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
SS – As the current situation of the world with the spread of Covid-19 has been very traumatizing and scary, it has also brought us closer to ourselves, family and personally I have become more attuned towards nature. Therefore the visuals here are inspired by nature. It was like a healing process for both mind and soul. “Future Landscapes” is also about exploring the relationship between humans and nature which resonates with my research as well I work with the idea of preservation and recently my works are also based on nature.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
SS – It was an honour that my works were selected and got exhibited in Venice which in itself is a very overwhelming experience.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
SS – Overall the package is very good. However, the artists who are not able to personally visit the exhibition should be given a chance to get interviewed on the video to have a more personal experience. Moreover, there should be some measures adopted to provide feedback or comments of the visitors to the artists who could not attend the exhibition personally.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
SS – This organization provides artists with a platform to showcase their talent from all around the world and it gives a chance for the artist community to interact with each other on an international level.