Author archives: Livia Marinescu

Photographer Interview: Bärbel Praun

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Bärbel Praun is a German photographer who lives everywhere yet nowhere, as she describes herself. Her photography moves between monumental landscapes which question our interactions and attitudes to nature and tourism, and small, intimate details of places and objects, a visual research and constant questioning of the notions of home and memories. How d[...]

Artist Interview: Fiona Rutherford

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It's always a privilege to meet an artist in their own studio, to see and experience the place where they work and have their materials, their tools, their books and inspirational objects. Fiona Rutherford welcomed me in her light-filled, colourful studio in Edinburgh. She is a tapestry artist, with artworks in collections all over the world, most notably in[...]

Duane Hanson Retrospective, London

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Born in Minnesota, Hanson (1925 – 1996) came to prominence as a figurative artist in the 1960s, with his hyperrealistic lifecast sculptures of everyday Americans, in a style akin to the Pop Art movement. By making ordinary people the focus of his work, Hanson indirectly discloses and subverts the fascination with celebrities, while using the complicity with [...]

Photographer Interview: Clara Wildberger

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Why do you make art and how did you get into photography? What's your story? Photography has always played a prominent role in my life for as long as I can remember. I got my first own analogue compact camera to play around with at the age of five because photography is my grandfather’s and my father’s hobby. My father documents our family events, the dai[...]

Photographer Interview: Joel Stevenett

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  What are your themes in photography and what are you looking for in your exploration? I'm looking for the exotic in the prosaic, how certain discarded objects can be elevated and viewed as artistic studies in colour, texture and composition like 'Water Pipes' or the 'Sleep Patterns' series. I'm drawn to the outcast, whether it be a person, a[...]

Photographer Interview: Eric Thompson

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When did you start taking photographs and why? I have been actively taking photographs since the early 2000’s, but my first memory of taking a photo that was not a family photo or just messing around was when I was 12. My father and I were on a road trip to visit a few places in Alberta, Canada, and for me partly to buy a minidisc player in Calgary, they [...]

Photographer Interview: Julia Borissova

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What are the themes of your artistic work and what inspires you?  What the image will be always depends on the theme which I explore. Listening to myself, I find something that resonates in me, some images, and I start working on their visualisation. Most of all I’m interested in the relationships between photography and time, memory, archive, death, spac[...]

Back to the Base. The Photography of Valerio Platania

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In his series, BASE, Platania looks at the connection between people and their environment, focusing on a specific kind of urban space, that of shopping malls and industrial parkways. These non-places reveal in strong colours and prefabricated materials the dissolution of the discreet and of the chaotic potential of public spaces. Trapped in this type of ano[...]

Photographer Interview: Julian Wakeling

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What inspires you in photography, what are your themes? I’m inspired by city streets in sunlight: light, colour, form. The best ones are the ones that have the potential to yield the kind of images I like. It would be hard to say which comes first – the immediate appeal of the subject matter or the idea of what sort of image that can be created from it. The[...]

Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski. The Weight of Choices

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Anna is a novice in a Catholic monastery in the Poland of the 1960s. Before taking her vows, she is requested by her Mother Superior to visit her only living relative, Aunt Wanda, a socialite and former member of the Communist intelligentsia. In what seems like a journey of initiation, Anna’s travels outside the confines of the monastery are paralleled by a [...]

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