Interview: Danny Bittencourt

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Interview: Danny Bittencourt

Luca Curci talks with Danny Bittencourt after her participation in Contemporary Venice.

Danny Bittencourt is a Brazilian visual artist who has been dedicated to photography as a form of expression, whether it is in her personal work or in the classes she teaches in multiple schools, as well as her own Artistic Photography School, founded in March 2014. The original work of Danny is based in Artistic Photography, as a process, implementation and possible interventions. In this aspect, the images are created through a personal process of the artist, their thoughts and reflections. Her favorite techniques are the Fine Art Photography, photography interventions and Underwater photography. Her themes are related to her research, especially those concerning the identity and the painful feelings such as agony, insecurity and abandonment.

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Luca Curci – Your work was exhibited during Contemporary Venice exhibition in Venice on December 2014: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?

Danny Bittencourt – It is the first time that expose outside my country and the impact was truly amazing, many students and other artists came to congratulate me and support. All this was very important to me, encouraged me and motivated. The art market in southern Brazil is still very weak, so have recognition abroad, besides being very gratifying to me as an artist, encourages other artists to continue in the business.

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

D. B. – The work that I presented at the Contemporary Venice is called “Minerva” and is part of a project on mythological characters that are articulated with contemporary concerns. The work is a self-portrait that reflects on hybrid and ephemeral identities.

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L. C.What are you currently working on?

D. B. – Currently I work on a project called “Traces Exposed” that seeks representations of hurting feelings, such as anxiety and loneliness through photographic portraits structurally inspired by Rembrandt and then transferred to aged paper. Parallel to this work I am developing another series of pictures that do not have a name yet, but that will be guiding the freedom and the safe haven, I will shoot with stuffed birds and will be colored images manually. I’m also building a tank in my studio for a future underwater photography project.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

D. B. – For me art is a way to express themselves, there is no right or wrong. I believe that the artist simply creates because he needs. To learn how to deal with his demons and feelings, to question their society. I also believe that the artwork need time and research to mature and reach a certain depth. For me it is not a profession, it is a condition of life.

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

D. B. – For me, particularly the organization was extra special because I had problems sending my work and helped me promptly and resolved my problem allowing me to participate in this exhibition.

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

D. B. – Yes I think, from experience, because for me it was a great opportunity and it was very important for my career as an artist and I think that promotes a rich exchange with other artists who also participate in the exhibition.

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