Sabina Fakhrutdinova: icons and animation

F: Hi! Could you tell us more about yourself? When and how did your journey as an artist begin? What is the main focus of your works now?

SF: Hi! The journey to the conscious artistic beginning was rather long. In my teenage, I studied in architectural&design school, took a course in art school, spent a year in a design lyceum, attended all sorts of master-classes and institutions where the interaction with different art forms was possible. So I spent part of my childhood and my whole teenage period on that. I think that is a cool background that shaped my vision and taste in art. Only in the second year of my university life, I’ve started to identify myself with professions like an artist, director, animator, designer, and all those things I could be. Right now my main focus is university projects.

F: There are many biblical references in your work. Please, describe your interest in this theme and why it is important to you.

SF: I got to learn about ancient Russian and Byzantine art in university where it was a module for a history course. Everything outside of this theme was strange to me and even during my application to the uni I’ve only been focusing on contemporary art and some flows prior to modernism. Other early directions of art were unknown and at that point intimidating and even boring. However, during the history course, I found a fresh way of looking at the religious icons. The lecturer thrillingly discussed the parallels between iconography and avant-garde. I realised that this piece of culture was close to my heart. I am not pretending to be an expert, my knowledge of religion is rather limited to some key events in the Bible. Sometimes I visit a website “Bible online’ which helps to find a specific part of the Book by using some keywords. I really wish to dedicate more time to learn this theme deeper. Ancient Russian art is so inspiring and transforming. As a starting point, one could focus on composition or shapes. At least that’s what I implemented in my works.

F: How to keep the balance between art and reality of the modern data-orientated world? Is it important for an artist to respond to the global agenda and social changes?

SF: In terms of balance, you just have to listen to yourself and follow your feelings. I don’t think this matter should be considered in the context of ‘importance’. Each person decides what is important for themselves. If an event leaves a deep impression on a person this will be expressed in one or another way. It can take a verbal, artistic, poetic, or any other form. For worse or for better, without the political events, cataclysms, and other misfortunes we wouldn’t have numerous cinematic, poetic, or artistic masterpieces. That is a controversial theme with many dimensions to consider.

Text by Dasha Kushnerenko