Interview: Luca Scarpa

Luca ScarpaLuca Scarpa, Il vuoto immaginato #4

Interview: Luca Scarpa

Luca Curci talks with artist Luca Scarpa during LIQUID ROOMS – THE LABYRINTH exhibition in Venice.

Luca Scarpa was born in 1976 in Milan, where he lives and works. He graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. His photographic research focuses on the urban landscape, on the places and elements which he’s in close contact with in his everyday’s life. His shots are performed by a variety of photographic devices, with no particular preference between digital and analogic. In his photographic job, urban architecture is just the starting point that allows him to detach from the world and from his personal reality in order to get what he imagines. In 2014 he photographed the play of Monica Bonomi’s laboratory “Secret Milano” at Space Labarca, the concert “Lene Soul Live” at La Banlieue and “The Julie’s Haircut” at the Deli of Music, within the Qalt Project. In 2015 Luca was in charge of the official photographic report of the play of Maria Luisa Mello “Making of… Behind the scenes”, at the Libero Teatro of Milan. He was selected to participate to the RomArt 2015 International Biennial of Art and Culture with the work “Il vuoto immaginato” [The Imagined Emptyness]. He also participated to the “Liquid Rooms – The Labyrinth” collective, at Palazzo Ca ‘Zanardi, with his “Urban Metropolis # 3” work.

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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?

Luca Scarpa – It was a very nice and stimulating experience, both for the quality of artists and for the relationships established. Unfortunately I hadn’t the chance to participate to the two opening events but, while I was at the exhibition I could notice that the atmosphere I could breathe among those people was exciting and challenging.

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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?

L. S. – The work that I exhibited was “Urban Metropolis # 3” and is part of a series of works with similar theme that I made in early 2015. The “Urban Metropolis” are the result of a research inside myself of a reality that belongs to a less emerged part of my mind. I have been working on the urban landscape using my own utopian and surreal vision of what I would have liked. The representation I was trying to get is nothing but the de-materialization of the being.

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

L. S. I am working on a project that is constantly evolving, primarily based on a research of the image that is also an inner search: I see the world around me, but I can only use its archetypes. I explore myself exploring the places around me, and I try to extract from this process my own utopian vision and a different, personal reality.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

L. S. – Art is survival, lifeblood and a mandatory desire. It’s a kind of internal essence that I feel forced to continuously feed.

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

L. S. – It seems to me a very good organization, able to produce a lot of stimulating initiatives. I’d like to collaborate again with them in the future.

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

L. S. – ArtExpo provides opportunities to artists to perform and exhibit works in an important location and to establish relations with other artists. I would say that this is an excellent opportunity.

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