Interview: Josiane Dias

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Interview: Josiane Dias

 

Luca Curci talks with the artist Josiane Dias during VENICE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL ART FESTIVAL | OUT OF BORDERS in Venice.

Josiane Dias is a Brazilian photographer currently based in Tel Aviv. Since 1993, when she left her hometown, Curitiba, she has lived in Brasília, Geneva, Tokyo and New York City. Living in so many different cultures has influenced her photography on different levels. Her work is inspired by the urban and social landscape but not in a straightforward way. Dias studied at the International Center of Photography, at the National Academy School and at the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. Her work has been featured in several exhibitions in New York, including the National Academy Museum, Soho Photo Gallery, Sonia Gechtoff Gallery, and is included in private collections in the United States and abroad.

 

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Luca Curci – What do you think about the concept of VENICE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL | OUT OF BORDERS? In which way did inspire you?

Josiane Dias – I think the event is a great opportunity for artists not only to show their work but also to get to know the work of other artists from different countries. I really enjoyed the way the event was organized by combining exhibition, performance and video. In addition, Venice is an inspiring city for its cultural and artistic legacy and being there as part of such an interesting event is a unique experience.

 

L. C. – Please tell me about your art/the artwork shown during our event.

J. D. – I’m looking for the poetry and the beauty of the urban landscape and the environment that surrounds us, be it architectural, natural or social. I’m looking for the unnoticed and the unexpected detail of these landscapes, for something ephemeral yet permanent. I’m interested in showing how the ordinary can sometimes be extraordinary. In this event, I presented two photographs of the Brooklyn series that explore the aesthetics and poetics of the scenery of this New York borough.

 

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L. C. – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?

J. D. – I think I’m always looking for what is not obvious and for the everyday hidden poetry, something that inspires me aesthetically and conceptually. So the themes can change but the focus is somehow the same. I try, with my camera, to provide an alternate way of seeing, of framing events and also interpreting reality.

 

L. C. – Did you style change over the years? How?

J. D. – Yes, I can say that my style has deepened in recent years especially after my experience having art classes at the National Academy School in New York. I studied painting, drawing, and art history and this experience helped me sharpen my eye for composition and the use of color. I came from the area of design and studying fine arts has improved my creativity and my aesthetics, as well as pushing me out of my comfort zone. It was a liberating experience.

 

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L. C. – What about your artistic research?

J. D. – In addition to studying and researching fine art photography, I have also studied the work of various painters from the Renaissance to the modern period, from Caravaggio, for example, to Paul Klee, Malevich and Mark Rothko. I am interested in the aesthetic and technical contribution of these artists and, as I said earlier, my photographic approach is influenced by my experience in the visual arts. My recent work for example, which is called Flora Abstrata, has been strongly influenced by abstract art. I’m always visiting exhibitions at museums and galleries to get in touch with various kinds of works of art and be inspired by them.

 

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

J. D. – Of course! I loved participating in this event and I would like to be part of future exhibitions.

 

L. C. -Do you think that this experience could be useful for artists and can contribute to increase personal background?

J. D. – Yes, it is a very useful experience because it is a great opportunity to show your work to an international audience and also to get to know the work of artists from all over the world. In addition, it is a privilege to be exhibiting in places as unique as those selected by It’s Liquid Group.

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