Interview: Andreas Ender
Luca Curci talks with Andreas Ender during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Andreas Ender experimented with graphic shapes and colours since 1986, but soon he discovered his love for the anatomy of the human body and took up nude painting in 1990. His characteristic style is a mixture of his talent and various courses to refine his technical, personal and physical skills. He acquired his knowledge by himself and is very proud of it. Above all, it was his characteristic style that leads to his first group and individual exhibitions in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. In 1992 he discovered photography as an art form for himself. He participated successfully in numerous national and international exhibitions. “Learning by doing” was a costly and time-consuming process but the international success and attention have proven him right. Since then Andreas Ender has acquired various national and international awards and medals for outstanding photographic achievements.
Luca Curci – How did you get to photography? Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
Andreas Ender – That was years ago. When I was no longer satisfied with the praise from family and friends, I joined a photo club in our region in 1992 and wanted to get even better through the criticism. The first artistic photos that I sent to competitions worldwide have already received awards. I knew then that I was doing everything right!
LC – According to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
AE – When I look at photos, also as a judge at competitions, it is the first few seconds that have to captivate me with a picture. Meaningfulness, idea, charisma in portraits. Here especially the eyes or the gaze that doesn’t distract me from the rest of the composition. Is the composition of the picture correct, golden ratio even if the photo is abstract. I love structured motifs or with a cubist flair.
LC – What is your creative process like?
AE – It took me a while to find my own style after about fifteen years. I am constantly looking for something special that is not a repetition of other motifs. With my concept “paper bag [reBORN]” I managed to create something unique. This concept has been with me since 2008, the first 10 years very intensively, and gave me space for more conceptual art. For the last two or three years, I have devoted myself very much to my most diverse concepts, which have been exhibited and awarded very successfully.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
AE – I follow my intuition. Make invisible things visible and choose motifs that most people will walk past. To create art out of an everyday, banal object or situation by giving the whole a story and meaning. I have already been able to take part in several exhibitions, as these photos were always something special compared to other submissions.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
AE – It was never easy for me in the past and it is even more difficult now in times of Covid-19. It took me twenty-five years to find my personal style in concept art. Now that I know what I am and what I want to say with my art, it is easier for me to convey the message of my photos to those who are interested. However, give everyone the freedom to interpret their own impressions of my work.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
AE – In March 2019 I exhibited my concept “the definition of beauty” in the Palazzo Ca ‘Zanardi on the subject of “THE BODY LANGUAGE” in Venice. At the end of the exhibition, I visited Venice and made a series for my concept censoRED-naked Venice. THE ROOM at Piazza San Marco was the right location for me to present my work that I made at this place.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AE – On the subject of IDENTITIES and the relationship between people, society and contemporary cities, it was almost perfect for me to apply with this photo. censoRED leaves a lot of freedom for imagination. Models are not always available to me to implement my concepts. When I was in Amsterdam, I booked a model to take nudes in public – I didn’t have the opportunity for Milan, Paris, Berlin, Zurich, Nice or Venice. With the censorship (the white bar) I leave it to the imagination of the visitors to see naked people here. No matter what age, no matter what figure, no matter whether man or woman – it works for most of them and they actually see naked people in their minds.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AE – Yes, the team worked very hard and I would like to apply again with one of my ideas.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
AE – They already support all artists at a high level. In my opinion, there is nothing that could be done better.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
AE – A very structured and well-organized company, with the focus on giving every artist in this world a chance to exhibit internationally on fair terms. THANK YOU!