Interview with Andrea Laroux

SONY DSCImage courtesy of Andrea Laroux

Interview: Andrea Laroux

Luca Curci talks with Andrea Laroux during LIQUID ROOMS – THE LABYRINTH exhibition in Venice.

Andrea Laroux was born in Turin in 1985. She graduated at the “Istituto Fellini” cinema school and “Fondazione Artevision” photography academy. She teaches Photography, post-production and filmic analysis in secondary schools and cultural associations; she works in studios on “photo-illustrations”. She has worked with fashion designers, musicians and magazines. She had collective and personal exhibitions in Turin, Asti, Milan, Cuneo, Alba, Genoa, Venice, Naples, Bari and London. She currently lives in Turin.

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Luca Curci – Your work has just been exhibited during LIQUID ROOMS – THE LABYRINTH exhibition in Venice: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?

Andrea Laroux – I must say that it was a great experience. Venice, with all its labyrinthine streets, is a city full of mysteries, and the historical palace hosting the exhibition was a really suitable location for my works. I had the pleasure to talk with interesting people and to meet new artists and colleagues.

L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

A. L. – In Venice I presented two works from the same suite: “Carillon” and “ The Genesis of a Clown”. I chose these two photographs because of their extreme visual and thematically impact. I wanted to give a voice, using these greatly expressive images, to everything that is hidden behind what seem to be a funny thing. I tried to render this concept at my best, through the accurate use of lights, make-up and post-production. I analysed with my personal vision, the circus world.

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?

A. L. – Let me start by saying that my works are organized into series. I choose a theme and, photographically speaking, I fully explore it. I arrange a number of sets, with different characters and locations, until I’m certain I express all I want to.
At the moment I’m working on the “Circus” series, the same from which the photographs exposed in Venice are extracted. I didn’t  want to shoot about the circus itself but about its background, by looking at Fellini’s works, one of my favourite directors. In “Luci del varietà” and “La strada” he was able to show the true colours of TV and show business. The characters that I created are anxious figures, likewise all the other characters of all my other series. I also wanted to pay honour to another director I love: Ted Browning and his cult movie “Freaks”. […] I tried to tell about the old-style circus, the unaware one, arisen from years of sacrifices and made of untrue laughs in order to engender spontaneous ones.
I wanted to tell a story about what is invisible, what is in the shadow, behind a marquee and far away from the unaware audience and from clowns’ sadness. The circus of Freaks yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

A. L. – It’s a difficult question, so I’ll give you a simple answer. It’s everything that, experienced with one of the five senses, gives you sensation of lightness.

L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?

A. L. – First of all it gave me the opportunity to switch off and take a little holiday in Venice. I saw beautiful performances and delighted a great outfitting for the exhibition. I met interesting people and experienced different points of view. I think it could be enough, isn’it it?

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L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

A. L. – Of course! Everything that gives the opportunity to meet interesting people can give the opportunity to grow, to collaborate and to distinguish oneself…  

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