INTERVIEW: ZUZANNA MARIA BIALECKA | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: ZUZANNA MARIA BIALECKA

Interviews | November 21, 2023 |

ZUZANNA BIALECKA
Image courtesy of Zuzanna Maria Bialecka

Interview: Zuzanna Maria Bialecka
Luca Curci
talks with Zuzanna Maria Bialecka during VISIONS, the third appointment of CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

ZUZANNA MARIA BIAŁECKA (b. 1998) – visual artist, multi-instrumentalist, student of the Media Art Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She is closest to the film medium, which she has been working on since 2013, and music, with which she has been associated since 2005. She made her debut in 2016 with a short film entitled “Nemesis”.

Individual exhibitions: “Time To Go Back Home” in Galeria Kazamaty, Stara Prochownia SCEK in Warsaw (2022). Collective exhibitions and events: “One Hundred Evenings of Loneliness” in The Island in Bristol, UK (2022), Light Move Festival in Łódź (2022), “SHMOR ZKHOR” during the 19th Jewish Culture Festival – Singer’s Warsaw (2022), “Zbiór nieskończony” during “Fotofestiwal in Łódź (2022). Nominations: “Hands” with the title of semi-finalist of 180′ Berlin Film Festival (2022).

ZUZANNA BIALECKA
Image courtesy of Zuzanna Maria Bialecka

LUCA CURCI – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
ZUZANNA BIALECKA
– I think I had many of those. Growing up in a big family with no money, having a twin sister, being bullied at school, polyamorous relationship, meeting the love of my life and accepting that we may not see each other ever again, falling in love, and having my heart broken, going through loss and meeting my life mentors, struggling with depression. But I think that, when it comes to my work, I have to thank my film mentor – Bartosz Reetz – who really taught me a lot about filmmaking. He’s the only person I can rely on in that matter.

ZUZANNA BIALECKA
Image courtesy of Zuzanna Maria Bialecka

LC – How much has the city/country in which you grew up/born affected your work as an artist?
ZB –
I’ve never felt close to my country or the city where I grew up in. Living in my family home was a part of my life when I needed to escape. Moving to Warsaw and standing on my own feet gave me relief and a new perspective. Now I’m thinking of moving abroad and exploring the world, seeing if there’s more for me somewhere else. But I think that this experience – which was not easy – made me want more, see clearer and feel deeper.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
ZB –
Mostly in everyday situations. For example, now I’m exploring a farewell theme. It’s so simple and common, we do it so often but when you think about it deeper, it has an extreme power. Seeing this ordinary gesture can remind you of losing someone important or show you that you should pay more attention to the people you love and care about.

ZUZANNA BIALECKA
Image courtesy of Zuzanna Maria Bialecka

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?
ZB –
I don’t want it to sound wrong – but working with people. In the process of working alone, I know exactly what I’m standing on. But when I’m making a film with a crew, I have to trust them deeply and so they have to trust me.

ZUZANNA BIALECKA
Image courtesy of Zuzanna Maria Bialecka

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
ZB –
The biggest change happened when I started to think of a film from a wider perspective – yet it is one of the other art mediums, moreover, it can easily blur distinctions between them. I started to pay more attention to sculptural aspects of the image or think of choreography in a performative way. And what’s even more important – I started to use all my skills and resources while making a film. I discovered that having no musical education doesn’t mean that I cannot make music or not going to film school won’t stop me from making films. I feel like besides my growth and changes, there are some aspects that didn’t change – my approach to filmmaking stayed the same in a good way. I appreciate the values that after many years are still accurate. They are constant – which in some way makes me calm.

ZUZANNA BIALECKA
Image courtesy of Zuzanna Maria Bialecka

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
ZB –
I appreciate the wide range of art mediums, artist’s styles and sensitivities that ITSLIQUID Group assembles. Also, the theme of the exhibitions makes it possible for artists to truly show themselves.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
ZB –
The term „visions” reminds me that my perspective is just a part of a wider view. I decided to show the work that deeply flows from the bottom of my heart. I wanted to speak my language and see if someone understands it.

Image courtesy of Zuzanna Maria Bialecka

Image courtesy of Zuzanna Maria Bialecka

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
ZB –
It was a pleasure!

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
ZB –
ITSLIQUID Platform is an excellent place for both professional and beginning artists. This is so precious especially because it’s hard to take the first steps in the art world. ITSLIQUID Group concentrates on the quality of your work, not your experience!

ZUZANNA BIALECKA
Image courtesy of Zuzanna Maria Bialecka

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
ZB –
I really appreciate the ITSLIQUID team’s communicativeness; they answered all my questions and doubts and made me feel cared for. I couldn’t see the exhibition but I believe that it was excellent as well!

Image courtesy of Zuzanna Maria Bialecka

Image courtesy of Zuzanna Maria Bialecka

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