INTERVIEW: ALESSANDRO GIUGNI | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: ALESSANDRO GIUGNI

Interviews | April 10, 2022 |

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Image courtesy of Alessandro Giugni

Interview: Alessandro Giugni
Luca Curci
 talks with Alessandro Giugni during ANIMA MUNDI 2022 – RITUALS, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

I was born in Milan in 1994. A lover of photography since the age of 11, I consider this art form as much a means to express myself as one of the main vehicles through which to tell our time. When asked to describe my photography, I always answer with these words: “I feel the need to tell the human being contextualized in the time in which we live, without hiding the merits and weaknesses” I devote myself mainly to reportage and portrait photography, which I practice both digitally and analogically. For the past 10 years, I have been studying as a self-taught artist, continuing to deepen every aspect of this art form, dedicating practically all my free time to it. In the last years, I have dedicated myself almost exclusively to black and white and I have started to use the film more and more often, ending up becoming my main medium. This choice depends on several factors: the not immediate visualization of the shots, the pleasure of dealing with chemistry, the desire to master every stage of the creative process, and learning to manage the development phase according to the needs of the case. Through the film, it is also possible to build a “material” archive, impossible to achieve through the digital medium.

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Image courtesy of Alessandro Giugni

Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Alessandro Giugni –
At the moment I’m working on the realization of a photographic reportage aimed at telling the peculiarities of monastic life. To give back to the observer a deep sense of immersion in the scenes impressed on the film, I decided to ask for a few days of asylum in each of the abbeys and monasteries involved, so I can fully immerse myself in their lifestyle, participating in their rituals, as well as moments of work and conviviality.

LC – When you take photos, are you usually inspired by the situation or do you find inspiration in yourself?
AG –
My working method requires a balance between the inspiration that arises from the situation in which I operate and the message that I want to convey with my photos.

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Image courtesy of Alessandro Giugni

LC – How did you get to photography? Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
AG – My passion for photography was born when I was 11 years old and I was able to cultivate it primarily thanks to my paternal grandfather who thought it appropriate to give me the opportunity to cultivate this art by giving me my first camera. The first professional photograph I took for a book that I made for a girl I was dating when I was 21 years old.

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
AG – My photographs have as their main subject the human being in all its forms. My goal is to tell the habits, customs, traditions, and lifestyles of our time, leaving an indelible trace of a historical phase of humanity as the one in which I am called to live. This is because I firmly believe in the role of photography as a means of preserving memory. 

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Image courtesy of Alessandro Giugni

LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
AG – Usually, I tend to identify a thematic line to follow, defining as much as possible the objectives and the subsequent outlets of work, but very often it happens to find a common thread between photographs in the archives that, apparently, were unconnected to each other.

LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AG – The six photographs at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello are part of a larger work entitled “Colori sospesi nel tempo. Geometrie di un’isola”. With this body of photographs, I wanted to create a metaphysical tale of the island of Burano, playing on the absence of its inhabitants, who, at a closer look, are actually present in everyday objects (clothes hanging in the wind, chairs, bicycles, etc.) that the viewer will tend to associate with human presence.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AG –
After experiencing the professionalism and care of the organizers of the event in Venice, as well as having had the opportunity to see the quality of the exhibition, I strongly recommend ITSLIQUID as a real opportunity for growth and visibility for both established and emerging artists.

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Image courtesy of Alessandro Giugni
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Image courtesy of Alessandro Giugni
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Image courtesy of Alessandro Giugni
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Image courtesy of Alessandro Giugni
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Image courtesy of Alessandro Giugni

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