Yuri Nezovič

RAIZVANGUARDA is proud to announce the arrival of the Australian artist and film-maker, Yuri Nezovič. Nezovič is working in close collaboration with our other artist in residence, Neil Tomkins, on an experimental documentary about their stay in RV’s residency. To get to know more about Nezovič and his projects, read his interview here!

Tell us about yourself, what do you do?
I aim to share my love of people with all their contradicting complexities through my creative film work. I love people and am moved by the ways in which we communicate. Forever interested in deciphering both personal and collective relationships with the natural world through capturing the nuances of light, colour, texture, and sound in order to explore the narrative inside our everyday stimuli.

In which field of art do you work, what topics are important for you as an artist? What are you passionate about?
As a writer and an experimental filmmaker, I’m constantly pushing myself to explore the catharsis of creation. Oscillating between text, the visual world, and layers of sound. I am drawn to all acts of creation – be they traditional (painting, etc), general (cooking, etc), or abstract (accountancy, etc). Creativity taps into the source of humanness. It has the potential to produce a god-like sentience in a human’s soul. Once we acknowledge and engage with our power to create, we are uplifted and any fear or anger inside us subsides as it is replaced with love. The love of creation.

Where are you from? What is your educational background?
I was born in and now currently reside in Sydney, Australia, but have lived all over the east coast during my life, from Cairns to Melbourne. I completed high school in Brisbane after which I was selected into one of the state’s top private film schools QPIX. I graduated from there with my first film degree in 2006 and spent the next decade experimenting and building my filming practice. I was accepted into the Academy of Film Theatre and Television in Sydney, in 2015, after winning a few awards for my short films and having some very successful video works exhibited in local galleries. I graduated with my second film degree in 2017.

What attracted you to come to RV as residents?
My friend and artist colleague, landscape painter Neil Tomkins, was accepted as a 2018 artist in residence at RV and I proposed we make a documentary of his whole experience, to explore art as catharsis. We were both drawn to the remote and peaceful location, the history of the studio space and surrounding village, the safety and affordability of Portugal (for an Australian) and the similarities and differences between your people and rural environment and our own back home.

What project are you working on?
The making of a film. Or more precisely, a film within a film. I am here with Neil Tomkins to create an experimental documentary about the catharsis of creation and the nature of creativity. While inspired by foreign surroundings and a deep connection to the natural world, we aim to examine ourselves through a series of interviews, workshops and visual poems. The main “poem” is a short film, shot entirely at RV, exploring the psychology behind why anyone would create anything and staged as a moving painting that comes alive as you watch it. The rest of the film is a series of meditative contemplations on the nature and power of the creative process with links between our own current practices and the rich creative history of the other local and international artists we have met during our residency here in Portugal. I am also photographing the entire process to be published as a book back in Australia accompanied by my own writing and Neil Tomkins’ beautiful artwork.

What is your favourite part of RV?
The people I have met here. The locals and their generosity. The other artists working and living in the residency program have been so remarkably talented, kind and open-minded. We’ve had countless evocative and inspirational conversations that have definitely had a positive impact on all of us as we’ve explored, experimented and even collaborated in this creative environment. This place is love, set in an inspirational location.

If you would like to know more about Nezovič and his work, visit his blog, find him on Facebook and view his work on Instagram.