Six Questions

Six Questions: Aleksei Kazantsev

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Aleksei Kazantsev.

Artist Aleksei Kazantsev
Lives in Antwerp, Belgium

How do you describe your own art practice?

I constantly take photographs to feed my archive. The images are mostly tests of visual ideas which arise spontaneously for me.

And I go through the archive again and again until some image strikes me, often because of unexpected deviation in my visual experiment.

Sometimes this accidental image makes me able to develop a whole series.

Aleksei Kazantsev - from the series UNKNOWN EXCEPTIONS

What was your first experience with art?

My father left me once for a couple of hours at the art class his friend was teaching. I think I was 6, much younger than the students.

I remember white plaster heads with dark empty mouths and easels which I never saw before. I draw Shere Khan and was very proud when the teacher and the rest of the class came to look.

Aleksei Kazantsev - from the series SWELL

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Being in nature after sunset.

Aleksei Kazantsev - from the series SWELL

What do you need in order to create your work?

Familiar environment and time to be alone.

Aleksei Kazantsev - from the series RELAXING CHAMBER

What are you working on at the moment?

I am finishing RELAXING CHAMBER, a series I’ve been working on since 2017.
It started when I found a roll of film which I took with my first camera at the age of 7.
Fragments from this film became a part of the series and an inspiration for further development of the project.

Aleksei Kazantsev - from the series RELAXING CHAMBER

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

“Radio Piece (Hong Kong)” by David Claerbout.

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Tique | publication on contemporary art #3: Six Questions