Get to know Klari Agar, a young Melbourne based photographer who never wanted to be an artist but accidentally became one anyway.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
"My name is Klari and I’m 20 years old. I am from Naarm/Melbourne and will be undertaking my second year of study at VCA in March after a very interesting year spent outside any educational institution. I work a series of inconsistent odd jobs that have left me with knowledge about how to do a lot of things without actually knowing anything."
What themes do you explore in your work?
"As a candid photographer there isn’t much chance to switch off from the world – everything is brand new and ever changing. It’s incredibly exhilarating to be engaged in this way – even when my work isn’t behind the camera. I find that the most mundane routines thrill me and inspire me as a novelty."
What do you find inspiring?
"Being able to capture something and hold it or express it within art is such a delight – my entire practice orbits around my fascination with the human condition. My photography is intuitive and it is as much of a portrait of a subject as it is of a relationship."
Can you remember the exact moment that you knew you wanted to be a photographer? Or perhaps ‘Artist’ is a better word?
"I had a very strong distaste for the entire identity of ‘artist’ until I got accepted into art school. I took photos to represent myself, my relationships and what I saw in the world. I had seen many people go through the industry and the huge toll it took on all aspects of their life and I had no interest in putting myself in that position. When I got accepted into VCA it made me confront what expression and art meant to me. I realized I was an artist because I couldn’t turn it off. I never wanted to be an artist; I just realised I was one. The most exciting experience of accepting the title of ‘artist’ is the wall you have to drop when you create something. The word is self defined and my definition comes from constant exploration."
What is your creative New Years resolution for 2019?
"In 2019 I want push my boundaries of mediums, collaborative work and structures around art. I think its going to be difficult to readjust being back in university and being in a high demand environment without a certain level of agency. I know by the end of the year I will have more control over the exact direction I want to take myself in and how to produce it."
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