SEVDA KHATAMIAN

Monday 1/2/17 time 3:57 PM


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How did you end up choosing your media?

I can't really say that I work on any specific media. I use different materials and mediums to express the ideas, and develop the project I have in mind with different aspects. I do wish that I could work on feature length films in the near future, and I believe my studies and art practices would gain me enough experience to make that happen.

What do you find as the best and worst sides of being an artist?

The best side is that you're an artist, and you have the free pass to live a life with a twist, and a little bit out of the ordinary. You can be homeless and everyone's okay with that. All you have to do is to watch your pocket; artists are not very rich people and they may run out of money any second. This might be the worst side!

Is this your first time in Finland?

Yes, it is. It sure won't be my last.

What kind of expectations did you have about Finland/ Joutsa?

I wanted to see what life's like in a small town, also experience the Finnish lifestyle. I believe three months is the perfect amount of time to be fully familiar with a place.

What are the best sides / opportunities in having an art residency?

I don't think I need to worry much about anything else other than my work, while I'm an artist in resident. As if my life, what I know and what I'm ordinarily used to goes on a pause, and I can be absolutely focused on myself and the projects I create.

What are your plans after Haihatus?

I'll keep on traveling as I had already decided to be on the road. I could be a lot more productive as I move.

How does Haihatus meet your expectations?

I was looking for a calm environment to finish the book and other projects I was working on. Well, Haihatus was a lot more comfortable, interesting, friendly and fun that I had imagined.


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