From April until the end of June 2021, Anelime Lubitsch and Serra Qendra will undertake a 3 month residency in Quad Grant Region (SE) in order to present “Trampled Ground Pt. 1 (Dream).” This is no mean feat, given their timezones make it difficult to meet, being based in Europe and Australia respectively.
My first impression on briefly talking to them both, is that of an excited enthusiasm for the venture ahead, but behind that is a serious, thought-engaging working partnership dedicated to the success of their future SLEA exhibit. This is reflected in their responses to my asking how they feel about being awarded a grant: Serra being both thrilled and a little scared at the prospect, while Anelime expresses a sense of pride generating from it being a new world for her ‘full of ideas to experiment with‘.
Although Serra and Anelime are between projects, Serra is the resident artist at Anelime’s club, ‘The Pear’. Though not its original name, it’s not hard to see why the current one stood the test of time! Serra describes her style of art as experimental, surreal, site-specific and improvisational and if her work could be displayed next to one of the great masters, she chooses the ‘Anarchitect’, Gordon Matta-Clarke. I reflect on what a great word ‘Anarchitect’ is, and Serra rues not being able to have been a part of that 1970s New York art group.
There is a similarly anarchic approach to how DJs are able to work in Anelime’s club, giving a little insight in how these two artists were drawn to collaborate. Serra perceives art to be ‘a shimmering layer of investigative journaling superimposed upon Life‘ and would like you to approach her work with a ‘sense of freedom‘. Having not heard of Matta-Clark, I engage in a layer of anarchic investigation of my own. I’ve also journaled my opaque responses – perhaps art in the making?
Anelime views art as ‘a free luxury‘ and adopts a multiple, open-minded and slightly dark artistic style. If she could, it would sit beside a very specific work by Kandinsky, ‘Composition VII‘. She explains her choice: ‘It can seem chaotic but is also incredibly harmonious, and everyone can interpret it in their own way, and that interpretation can change with time and mood, too. It tells multiple stories at once‘. While having planned a 15 minute post, the composition draws me in and it’s a pizza and an abstract painting-immersion hour later that I continue to blog.
I, for one, am extremely intrigued to gain insight into the art behind these thoughts, but wonder what a viewer should bring with them when approaching their work. Anelime is defiant on this point, feeling she would have failed if there were any prerequisites. ‘It is on me to convey a message, and I have to accept that it can be received in an unexpected way by the visitor. The art is in the meeting of both sides, it’s the combination of what I have created, and what the viewer gets from it‘. I’ll be bringing along that sense of freedom Serra urges us to have, and perhaps…. a rioja….. or even two.
Many thanks to Anelime and Serra for the words which enabled the writing of this post, and also for their inspiration. Good luck with Trampled Ground Pt. 1 (Dream)!
Images by Safar Fiertze