Interview: The Project Fonès Team
Luca Curci talks with The Project Fonès Team during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, the second appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Dafni Crema, Alkisti Karlou and Margarita Prifti have been working in the field of culture. They met in a common workplace, at the Benaki Museum in Athens, in February 2020. It was one of those moments, when people with common perceptions, dreams and aesthetics meet and everything happens effortlessly; and somehow “Fonès” was born.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
TPF Team – Our team consists of an art historian, a museum professional and an archaeologist; an Italian Greek and two Greek women. Working in the field of culture has kept our creativity high but going through a period of social, political and health crisis, the opportunities to express it are limited. We had the luck to meet each other, shuffle our disciplines, overcome any barriers and follow our need to communicate what concerns us. This is what happens when people with the same state of mind, the same aesthetics meet…Pandemic lockdown gave us time for a personal redefinition and that was when all-time great Kieślowski’s short film came to our minds. Two simple questions that place us indirectly in a starting point. We believe that then it is when even a small change can happen! Fonès is our first project and we hope it will be the beginning of many more creations that will always look for the most genuine side of the world.
LC – What is art for you?
TPF Team – An irresistible human need to communicate. Any creation that has a healing effect on our soul and mind in a way that will pleasantly surprise us at the same time!
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
TPF Team – We have been working for years in the cultural sector although more “obliquely” with art. However, every-time we feel the need to express ourselves artistically, we draw inspiration from anything that affects human nature in the daily flow of life.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
TPF Team – As we love to come across with artworks that deal with social and anthropological issues, we wish to continue experimenting on relevant topics.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society?
TPF Team – An artist can have the power to masterfully transcend the daily, the ordinary, offering society an opportunity for an alternative perception of the world through an awakening-therapeutic experience. To achieve this the creator should probably touch on primary issues that concern people, with ingenuity and boldness. And contemporary art? TPF Team Nothing changes…as Damien Hirst has said “all art starts life as contemporary”.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition?
TPF Team – “Find your zero-point energy where everything could seem possible again…” We hope in a living experience that will have an impact on an inner-self revival and a moment of awareness and re-evaluation for a more collective way of thinking!
LC – How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
TPF Team – As a small piece of the Fragmented Identities’ big artistic mosaic. Fonès is a DIY collective project, created during the pandemic lockdown, which attempts a non-border communication among people. Fragments of thoughts, statements, dreams, fears, desires, and needs, all connected in a dreamy visual trip to the depths of human existence.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
TPF Team – Nothing more than step back for a while, take a deep breath and dive into your deepest thoughts and feelings. Think who you are and what do you desire most in life.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
TPF Team – A professional, bold, endeavor of good aesthetics that we wish it will continue to flow and spread everywhere!
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
TPF Team – From the beginning there was a sense of immediacy, kindness and support. Even though we cannot be there we feel almost like we are! What more?
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
TPF Team – Undoubtedly! You really do give chance to emerging artists and we’re so grateful for this!