Dafina Gjikolli is the Prishtine-based artist bringing new dimensions to fashion photography
by - OG magazine

Although Dafina Gjikolli is Prishtine-based the young artists’ work has reached far and wide across the continent from Korea to the US. Working primarily in collages, the multifarious medium that challenges the typical art-form whilst offering freedom with objects and materials, allows Dafina to play with fashion photography, artistic techniques such as paintbrush splatters and even geometry to create fascinating photomontages that bring colour and life to the somewhat linear world of fashion photography.

Not afraid of experimentation, Dafina’s work is a reflection of her active and free mind which she tells me draws inspiration from mundane ‘everyday life’. Each artwork, through the use of set colours, conveys a certain mood or emotion yet are still open to the interpretation of the viewer to make up their own mind on what they see and feel, “as an artist, I aim to express one’s hidden emotions and thoughts through abstract art” which simultaneously make her work detached and interactive.

Here we met the artist and current French University student to talk about her creations, publications and 2019.

What have you been up to lately?

Lately, I’ve been focusing on creating more content and exploring different styles. I’m also working on a few international projects that I’m super excited to share with everyone.

What was your first artistic memory?

I don’t really remember my first artistic memory but I know that for as long as I can remember myself  I’ve always been interested in different forms of art. I remember how I always used to watch my mother paint in her free time and I used to adore her paintings. I would ask her to help me do my school art projects and she would teach me her techniques.

Have you always wanted to do what you do now?

I’ve always wanted to be an artist or an actress, photographer etc. But I didn’t really know much about digital art until I randomly found some images online and I  decided to play with them, just to see what I could change. It all started simple, I put on some effects and then I wanted to experiment more. That’s when the idea of combining abstract art and photography came to mind.

 

Tell us a bit about your creative process?

I’m an abstract designer, for now, I only create the design of the photo. The photos are taken by the photographer that I’m collaborating with for the shoot. However, I’m planning to present my own photography in the near future. But when it comes to my own projects, I take the role of an art director in a way: at first, I write the concept of the story, along with the art pieces I’m creating. To me, it’s important to add a piece of writing in order to add more emotion and power to the whole project. Once I have the whole concept ready I plan every single detail from there.

What’s been your creative highlight of this year?

It has to be publishing a story written, directed and designed by me in one of my favourite American magazines “Fashion Grunge”. For this project, I also got to work with two incredible girls, Teuta and Ana, they really understand my art and it was so much fun to work with them.

What would be your advice to someone who’s starting out creatively?

Experiment with your art and don’t be afraid of change because change is growth!

 

Your work focuses a lot on fashion, who are your favourite designers?

Alexander Wang, Raf Simons, Donatella Versace etc

When you’re not creating what do you love to do?

When I’m not creating I’m probably studying French.

What publication would you like to work with most?

Paper Magazine

What’s one change you’d make to the art and fashion world if you could?

 

I would give more opportunities and financial support to the young designers and artists in general.

What are you looking forward to most in 2019?

I’m looking forward to my upcoming projects and collaborations.

Interview by: @gericela_