Wednesday, 16 February 2011
NVU with Ania Chorabik photos by Sonny Vandevelde March 8th is the release of Cement Pond, cover shot by Gerald Jenkins
Dear Shaded Viewers,
I met Ania Chorabik several years ago in Stockholm. The multi-talented Ania is about to release her first book of poetry, March 8th. We sat down for a little chat.
DP: It’s been a few years since you were contributing to my blog when yu were on your music tour, what have you been up to since?
AC: I’ve been working on music, drawings, poems, putting together my poetry book Cement Pond, acted in some short films, shooting with talented photographers, spent the summer of 2010 filming for the Cement Pond film, taken my driver’s licence, started studying part-time and survived Saturn return (if such a thing really exists).
DP: How did the music tour go and what were the developments from that?
AC:The music tour was shortened due to a change of plans. After Japan we wanted to work with new producers and create something fresh. What we didn’t realize at the time was that finding a new producer was not the easiest thing to do.
My fourth single "Psychedelic Behaviour" was released in November last year.
DP: Your first book of poetry comes out March 8th, when did you start composing poetry and what are your favorite subjects to write about?
AC:I started writing when I first moved to Paris in 2001. I found myself surrounded by a group of very interesting, creative and intelligent people that encouraged my writing and drawing. They were artists of different kinds: directors, authors, photographers, painters, designers, stylists etc. I think we inspired each other in many ways. It was an era: it was irresponsible, wonderful, broken, free, painful, passionate and a constant battle. In retrospect it all seems so creative and free, and it was, but it was also very challenging, especially in my head. But I learned a lot and I’m grateful for those years.
Prior to my poetry I always kept a journal. Writing has always been my way of dealing with feelings. And since I always tend to let emotions rule my decisions in life, love was always a favourite subject. Love is what makes my heart beat. It is beautiful and sad, euphoric, fragile,disappointing and absolutely wonderful. I write a lot about disappointment: in myself, in people. I really want to understand people and this life. I often wonder what this life is about. And the only answer I end up with is LOVE. That’s why I say that feelings matter. Love matters.
DP: Can you give me a few lines from some of your favourite poems?
AC: I think the poem “The Hill” by Rupert Brooke is absolutely beautiful, especially the first two lines.
Breathless, we flung us on the windy hill,
Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.
You said, "Through glory and ecstasy we pass;
Wind, sun, and earth remain, the birds sing still,
When we are old, are old. . . ." "And when we die
All's over that is ours; and life burns on
Through other lovers, other lips," said I,
---"Heart of my heart, our heaven is now, is won!"
"We are Earth's best, that learnt her lesson here.
Life is our cry. We have kept the faith!" we said;
"We shall go down with unreluctant tread
Rose-crowned into the darkness!" . . . Proud we were,
And laughed, that had such brave true things to say.
---And then you suddenly cried, and turned away.
DP: What makes you happy and what makes you sad?
AC: Death makes me sad. And heartbreak. Injustice of any kind.
I’m happy when my family is laughing at random things. When my man holds my hand. When my best friend Johanna and I laugh at stupid things and behave immaturely.
DP: What is the relationship between your music and your poetry?
AC: Both poetry and music are about writing, since I always write my own lyrics (well, almost always, I have recorded some songs that I didn’t write but that always feels more like an act). Both are about expressing feelings. In a song you can enhance emotions by altering your voice whereas in poetry you have to compose the words in a certain way to make the reader understand how it feels; even if everything is in the mind of the beholder anyway; it's about setting the mood.
DP: How does music influence your life?
AC: I’m very sensitive to music and the emotions it makes me feel. Songs bring back so many memories, both good and bad. Good music can make me cry and give me chills. Bad music can make me very uncomfortable and annoyed.
DP: Does fashion still play a part in your life and if so, what is the significance of fashion in your life?
AC: Yes, fashion still exists in my life. I’m thankful for the incredible experience it has given me and the nice people I’ve met. I've also met some assholes but I’ve learned a lot from them as well. Life as we know it, I guess.
I still do some work as a model, good stuff, I like to always do things at a high level. Plus, I can’t deny the fact that I love standing in front of a camera. I know exactly what I’m doing and how to make myself look my very best in a photo. I’m very fascinated with photography and film so being a part of it is just right.
DP: Any interest in making films? Acting in them?
AC: Yeah, I’m totally into motion picture! I’m in this featurette called “Florista” that I shot last year that’s coming out sometime this year. Hopefully it will be played in various film festivals. I’ve also been asked to appear in a feature film that will be shot this year in Poland. Then we’ll see what happens. Acting has always been a childhood dream of mine, I did lots of theatre as a kid. There’s something very special about film, it’s the closest thing to magic that I can think of.
DP: Will you go on tour and do readings?
AC: Yes, I really want to! The book is in English so I want to take it outside of Sweden (where it is published and printed). We’ll start by doing some readings in Sweden, then hopefully the States and the UK. I want to read in old book stores in New York and drink wine with the audience. We’ll see if and where people are interested.
DP: Which poets do you admire and what got you into writing poetry in the first place?
AC: Honestly I’m not that well educated on poets, I don’t want to be affected by how they write. I like the poems that I’ve stumbled across, like the one by Rupert Brooke.
I wrote my first poem when I was ten years old. And I remember the magic of it… something about “glittering snowflakes... the snow blanket covers the earth…” I was amazed by metaphors and the freedom of describing moments and feelings - there were no rules or limitations in writing. I realized that you can paint with words. Then I just continued. I liked writing poetry instead of full sentences because of the mystery of it – I didn’t have to explain everything, there was a certain beauty about these compositions of words that weren't immediately apparent. So basically, when I was young and hadn't experienced any pain, I wrote poetry because of its beauty. Later on I wrote poems to release the feelings that were stuck in my system. It was a way of heal my inside from infections, to instantly deal with pain and worries. The words came out by themselves and this method has been highly therapeutic. I believe that what comes in, must come out, in any form or way.
DP: How is your art work coming along?
AC: My head is filled with loads of ideas. Sometimes I want to do so much that I don’t know where to start. I was working for a fashion brand for four years where I did all the art work which that gave me a lot of experience on how that business works. Privately I've always done my own t-shirts and paintings. Lately there's been so much work with other things that I haven't been able to do as much. Everything has its time.
DP: What is next?
AC: Well, I have no idea what the future has in store for me. But I’ll continue expressing my feelings, because feelings are everything; whether it be through drawings, poems and music - or life. The most important is that I have love in my life. I have a beautiful family that is always there for me and a man that I love beyond this world. The rest is just bonus.
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I love Anias way to express feelings ang thoughts
She whole is very sensible; watch her eyes, and the intro video
Posted by: Alexandra | Feb 17, 2011 10:18:41 AM
Really cool, beautiful girl and talented.
Posted by: Lena | Feb 16, 2011 11:49:11 AM