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Women Cinemakers and exhibitions are becoming alive with the participation of the artists. After two years the journey continued with screenings and collaborations of Leap Second Festival with Institut Français du Danemark Oct. 2017, in Brussels in collaboration with Yami-ichi, Sep/Oct 2017, at the Norwegian pavilion at The Inaugural International Autonomous Biennale (OR Cf) @ The Research Pavilion, Venice Sept/Oct 2017 and at @ de-TOUR. Palais van Mieris, Amsterdam, Nov 2017. When I start doing an artwork, what I listen first is myself if I like what I am seeing and doing. Because if I don’t like my work first then it will not have acceptance from others. In terms of filming, creating nice effects that are catchy is something that I have in mind when I think audience’s interest. As part of my textile practice in my MA project, I try to think the use of my pattern that can affect the viewer or a potential customer. Sometimes depending on what people stand for and do, affects what they accept as art what they like and what they understand when they approach artworks. Many people don’t understand the “Black square of Kazimir Malevich” and prefer watching e.g. realism. The thing is not what you see but what you feel and the more art you see the more you learn and create your own opinion. Sometimes I try not to be affected if a work of mine doesn’t have a big acceptance because art is something different for each person, sometimes it’s not only the work but also the place and concept. What it interests me for example in my undergraduate study thesis was through collages of everyday materials such as wrapping, foil, tickets which I placed one on top of the other, was to create conversation with the material and the associations that generate. So the audience can use its imagination by seeing things that are familiar to him and evoke memories. People are seeing many images every day and if you achieve to make them stop in front of your work in a gallery or screening, that is really great. Thanks a lot for your time and for sharing your thoughts, Theodora. Finally, would you like to tell us readers something about your future projects? How do you see your work evolving?

I am afraid of the time passing wasted or growing older so I always want to fill it with something useful each time I prepare my weekly program. Concerning the creative part I think I will continue filming as I do but I want to start slowly growing the length of my short films, explore editing and come across with new challenges. There are also other projects that I have in mind and probably start developing in the future. I can’t work only with one thing each time because I get bored really easily but I have many ongoing concepts and goals and depending on the period of time or just because of lack of inspiration sometimes I work with some projects more than others. For me keeping distance and revisiting your work is really important element while developing. Usually the ones with deadline are unavoidable not to be given priority. At the moment I have recently created a small experimental short that is focused on the culture of the city I currently live, Nottingham. It is a conversation with our past and how people experience the city they live or visit. It was quite challenging as I didn’t work a lot with abstraction as a start and I wanted to show some particular cultural stations and I focused on the evolution and the changes of the city th century up today e.g. historic buildings and the from the 11 technologic evolution (trams). Not to forget I have a MA project to work on, produce work and challenge myself. That involves also some filming for my project with the aim to unite harmoniously the digital medium with the contrast of drawing in textiles by pushing techniques and experiment. I try to participate and experience in as many things as I can because you never know where the roads in your life may lead you to, but it’s worth following them. For those who are interested, can visit my website and see my latest news and screenings. Thank you for the great conversation we had. It’s been a pleasure answering your questions.

An interview by Francis L. Quettier and Dora S. Tennant

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WomenCinemakers, Special Edition  

WomenCinemakers, Special Edition