Interview: Alessandro Risuleo

Interview: Alessandro Risuleo
Image courtesy of Alessandro Risuleo

Interview: Alessandro Risuleo

 

Luca Curci talks with the artist Alessandro Risuleo during BODYSPACES | HUMANS+HYBRIDS in Rome.

Alessandro Risuleo was born in Rome in 1971 and he was immediately keen on visual communication systems. After twenty years of experience as both art director and advertising agent, which he developed through working at his agency Visual Creative Studio, he has found in photography means for artistic expression that allow him to express his creativity freely. His photographs move between the abstract, the pictorial and the hyper-realism. It is a photographic technique taken to the maximum extent of the expressive potential, including the use of light and shadows, the mastery of digital techniques as well as the sensitivity to new technologies.

 

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Luca Curci – Please tell me about your art/the artwork shown during our event.

Alessandro Risuleo – Inside the exposition BODYSPACES | HUMANS+HYBRIDS, I’ve presented three works: Hug, from the project “Body’s contamination”; one photo from my last work, Live Canvas, and Ban. Hug is a part of a project presented for the first time during the last edition of MIA Photo Fair in Milan. I decided to focus only on certain parts of the body which I “contaminated” with scratchy strokes. Thanks to augmented reality and to a smartphone application, namely ARTScan, which I planned and made, the images that make up the project, if seen through a device, come to life and become part of an animation that tells something more than what can be seen with the naked eye. Live Canvas is a project born in October 2016; I’ve decided to focus my attention on the latest trends concerning the body, in particular on the tatooing practices. My vision wants to obscures the person, inside a social context that, instead, always places in the spotlight subjectivity, uniqueness and ego. The body has greater importance because it conveys the pictures, but it loses its human contours and its unique characteristics; it has no face, no static, no recognizable forms and becomes depersonalized. Ban wants to put in place an important question: “when a naked body can be considered a work of art and when it doesn’t need to be censured”? With this image we have to think about the concept of censorship in art and in the world of social media.

 

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L. C. What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of BODYSPACES | HUMANS+HYBRIDS?

A. R. – In my works I try to explore the world and the concept of the picture, focusing in particular on the figure of the woman body. In my “studio photography” there is always a hidden message, an invitation to solve the enigma that has to attract, intrigue and lead the viewer to assume the leading role. I use the body as a conceptual space to say something more, mixing arts, forms and different languages.

 

L. C. – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

A. R.  I was immediately keen on visual communication systems. After twenty years of experience as both art director and advertising agent, I found in photography means for artistic expression that allow me to express my creativity freely. My photographs can be related to different artistic fields, as the abstract one, the pictorial one and the hyper-realism. It is a photographic technique taken to the maximum extent of the expressive potential, including the use of light and shadows, the mastery of digital techniques as well as the sensitivity to new technologies. My models are David LaChapelle, Erwin Olaf, Gregory Crewdson or Duane Michaels, only to give some famous names.

 

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L. C.  – Are you satisfied of this experience?

A. R. – The project is interesting but it lacks of greater attention and care on the exposure of fixed structures. A short guided tour which illustrate and explain the individual paintings, photos and projects would give more value to the works that are still unnoticed at this time.

 

L. C. –  What is your artist direction? Are you interested in new media and new practices?

A. R. –  I’m always interested in new media and new practices. In my opinion, the most important thing is the conceptual development of the project, along with the study of the sensations that it can give to the viewer. But it doesn’t matter so much the way through which I get to the point. I try to have no limits or prejudices from the point of view of production. I firmly believe that technology is only a means to be used and manipulated in order to get the maximum result.

 

L. C. –  Are you interested in future collaborations with our organization?

A. R. –  Yes, of course, we keep in touch for future events.

 

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