Interview: Anastasia Lobkovski
Luca Curci talks with Anastasia Lobkovski during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and during ALCHEMIC BODY 2019 at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space in London.
Anastasia Lobkovski, born in 1981 is a Filmmaker and Visual Artist based in Finland. Lobkovski has graduated as MFA from The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. She has also Master of Arts degree in filmmaking from Aalto University’s filmmaking department in 2017. Lobkovski’s works have been seen at art exhibitions in Finland such as Young Artists at Kunsthalle Helsinki; The Art Museum of Jyväskylä, Gallery AARNI Espoo and overseas at Aratoi Art Museum (New Zealand), The Line Contemporary Art Space London (UK) and The Room Contemporary Art Space Venice (Italy). Her short films have been screened widely at the film festivals such as BFI London Film Festival (UK), EMAF (Germany), Busan Art Film Festival 2016 (South-Korea), Aesthetica (UK), Fresh Film Fest (Czech Republic), Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK) and Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Canada). Lobkovski’s short films have won awards at international film festivals such as Making Waves 2019 (UK), Blue Sea Film Festival 2019 (Finland), HIIDA Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards 2016 (USA) and ARFF Berlin 2016 (Germany) and NUFF 2008 (Norway). Lobkovski’s short film “The boy who was afraid of Nothing” was nominated as one of the best European short films at Camerimage Poland, 2013. Anastasia Lobkovski is a member of Association of Finnish Film Directors, MUU Artists’ Association (Finland), The Association of Espoo Visual Artists and Videothéque Art Stream, New York (USA).
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Anastasia Lobkovski – Art for me is a way to express my thoughts and feelings about life, about being human. It is also a way to understand the world around me. Art gives shape to ideas, thoughts and emotions. It is also freedom and something that makes life more happy.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
AL – Currently I’m working on the subjects of possible future societies, ecological and global issues, fears and love. I’m in the middle of post production of my first feature film, that also explores these subjects.
LC – What is your creative process like?
AL – In filmmaking I usually start with a theme. It must be something I want to explore and understand. Something that gives rise all kind of emotions and thoughts. Filmmaking takes a lot of time, usually it takes years to make a movie, so the theme must be interesting and resonate with the world around us. I also imagine at quite early stages pictures of the environment for the film. I also love to develop the characters. Then slowly the story starts to take shape. In paintings the process is more spontaneous, I’m interested in colors and by applying them to the canvas the subject appears sometimes sooner, sometimes it takes lot of time.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
AL – I’m interested in the relationship between individual and community. Quite often I also deal with themes of fears, power and love. The common theme of my art in general including films, photography and painting is nature.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
AL – Artist can deal with complex and difficult issues in the way that might be enjoyable and cathartic for the people to watch or experience. Art can help to deal with difficult aspects of life and issues. It can give shape to subconscious and process it like dreams to the viewer to watch and feel and understand something without words. I believe that artists makes life more happy.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
AL – The concept of transformation is interesting and inspiring. Life is constant movement. In my new works I’m exploring the idea of transformation and different forms of living on this planet.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
AL – ITSLIQUID brings artists from different fields together, that is beautiful. The theme of transformation resonates with me as the growth is a movement of life.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
AL – I think it is great. The idea that you provide a space for artists to show their work at contemporary art galleries in the art cities like London and Venice as well as very professional and regularly updated internet platform, that reaches audience widely around the globe.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AL – Yes. Everything was very professional.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
AL – It would be inspiring if there could be a residency for the artists from different fields to come together and develop possible co-operations during the residency time. As an artist living in Finland it could be great if ITSLIQUID GROUP would open a gallery space somewhere in Scandinavia.