Artist Interview: Kaddi:H
What is your background? Perhaps you could briefly introduce yourself and your practice?
I mainly deal with the issues of vulnerability and psychological exceptional states. I use and interpret experiences from my biography and my history of mental illnesses. In my work I also take up my interest in the abstraction of the human body and the animalistic and absurd in human behavior and emotional life. It is often the case that I intuitively choose a material and / or technique that is close to my chosen topic in some way. For example, I find the feel of a material suitable for a feeling that I want to convey. Or a certain technique helps me to add a certain atmosphere to a work.
Currently, a lot of my work is in the field of video and installation.
Have you shown any work at The Ballery before?
What made you apply for this call?
I visited some exhibitions at the Ballery before and liked the curatorial selection. Then an artist friend sent me the open call and I thought: Great opportunity!
Why did you choose to submit the work that you did?
I had the feeling it would match the interests and focus of the Ballery.
Can you tell us a bit about this work?
The photo shows a section of a human face – digitally transformed into an insect-like being.
Has it been shown before?
What are your biggest influences?
My history of mental illnesses and my connectedness with animals.
In which ways has living in Berlin shaped your work or practice?
Many open minded people live in Berlin, that helps to stay open minded too and is inspiring.
What other artists do you like, are there any other Berlin-based artists you are interested in?
There were and are so many inspiring artists in this world! For example I love the work of Berlin based artists: Moran Sanderovich, Darkam Arcadia and Colin Raff.
Have you ever been in a group show before?
What’s the experience like for you?
I don’t know. Every time it’s a different experience.
How do you feel about exhibiting work online instead of in a space?
Depends on the work.
What is your approach to pricing your work?
I use a pricing formula.
What are you looking for from an exhibition, besides selling work?
To get inspired by other artists and have good conversations which might turn into collaborations in some form.
Do you ever get nervous about showing work in an exhibition?