PABLO KOURY

PABLO KOURY / BIO

What is art for you?

Pablo Koury: "In it's essence, art is an absolutely precious thing. It"s all about what you feel, and it's sacred. It's a concept invented by man, and men have flaws so in some ways the institution of art can be compared to religion. There are many things that are art, but are not recognised as such until those labels and larger concepts are applied to it." 

"Following this parallel of art as religion, I believe itโ€™s a spiritual thing, art and being an artist is an initiation - an opening of a path. That encounter with art is an invisible and very personal communication that for me is not just about a beautiful aesthetic, its a tool for knowing ourselves and transforming our society."

Which subject are you working on?

PK: "I'm working a lot with filmmaking - particularly Super 8. I like using filmmaking as a tool to dig deep into complex subjects in a light way. At the moment, I am finalising a video project called The Memory of Water I did in Sweden this year, with the choreographer Malgosia Sus and body painting artist Vilija Vitkute. I have another 2 project underway called The Radicality of Love and Plants Dictionary also with the same choreographer and dancers."

"My more recent work has been very collaborative compared to the beginning of my career. If you look at the credits of my works over the last 3 years, there are people who are in almost all of them. As a filmmaker, you have to have people that you connect well and trust and my art lately has been the result of these encounters."

Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?

PK: "I like working with people. I think my art themes are the relationship between humans and the environment, as well as freedom and movement."

How is your creative process?

PK: "I am completely addicted to work and I think about it all the time. For me any intercession is work. My process is much more about calming my mind, taking care of myself, and fine-tuning ideas than about putting other things in. I like to write by hand on paper a lot, and try to use the computer as little as possible. When I'm on set or doing some shooting, I like to welcome things that happen at the moment - the surprises that bring things I couldn't even imagine."

BIO

I was born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in 1987 and I have been working with visual creations since I was a teenager. My main means of expression are analogue photography and filmmaking.

I graduated in filmmaking at the Escola de Cinema Darcy Ribeiro in 2014 (Rio de Janeiro) and moved to NYC in 2016, for the past 3 years I lived between NYC and Europe, where I started doing artistic residencies in countries like Portugal, Iceland, Sweden and collaborated with performing artists and dancers. 

My work has migrated from portrait and fashion to documentary, filmmaker and video-art.

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