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(Fragment) Alnis Stakle. Photo: Jānis Deinats

12 questions for Alnis Stakle 0

Latvian photographer Alnis Stakle (1975) answers our “Daily Dozen” questions. His newest solo show “Simple story” is on view at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art till January 11th, 2013.

1. What’s the best moment of your day?

I don’t have a system. Moments, when I know that nothing is planned for the rest of the day, please me.

2. Why do you work as an artist? 

I think that art is based on a deep interest in the world and your place in it. Engaging in art is a way of understanding yourself and in the broadest sense –things happening around you. It sounds banal, but in reality art makes me feel alive.

3. What films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you?  

In third grade I obtained an erasable scar in the back of my head from a literature book. But, if seriously, I have had the chance to see many fantastic artworks in person, as well as through books and the Internet. I guess the most vivid impressions have remained from different movies. For example, director’s: Dennis Hopper – Easy Rider (1969); Bela Tarr – Damnation (1988), Satan’s Tango (1994); Michael Hanneke – Funny Games (1997); Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Amores Perros (2000).

4. Where do you currently get ideas for your works?

Somehow they arrive by themselves. The works are comparatively different and the “roots” of these ideas can be found in different places. For example, in dreams, childhood memories, found objects and also in deliberately and accidentally accumulated stories.

5. Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?

Marina Abramović’s Rhythm 0,1974 or something unobtainable.

6. What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?

Work at Rīga Stradiņš University, but being a pedagogue does not rule out many qualities similar to the art processes.

7. Do you sleep a lot?

About 8 hours a day.

8. Do you collect anything? 

I don’t know if you can call it collecting, but I buy books of photography and contemporary art in great volume. I also amass all kinds of found objects that sometimes find their way to exhibition halls. 

9. What is one of the most important things in your studio? 

I don’t have a studio, but more and more often I find the necessity for a large space, where I could function and separate my artistic activities from the daily life. At the same time the lack of a studio in a natural way liberates me from the traditional creation of a product (artwork). Everything comes and goes, and sometimes is lost without ever being materialised. 

Photo: Jānis Deinats

10. What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?

I like Asian cuisine, but this moment I would not reject Bachalau (Portuguese national dish made from salted cod). I hate dishes from and with buckwheat.

11. When you were a kid, what did you want to be? 

I don’t really remember. I definitely know that I lacked the ambition to become an astronaut.

12. Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.