Interview: Anna Nesterenko
Luca Curci talks with Anna Nesterenko during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Anna Nesterenko is a creative artist-photographer with Russian roots and a multicultural background, currently living and working in Munich, Germany. Her love for photography was ignited in her childhood by her father, an avid reader on the subject and a hobby photographer. In 2011, Anna fell in love and made the decision to leave Moscow, along with her well-paid job in business, to start a new life as a photo artist in Germany. Starting in 2012, Anna pursued her studies in photography at BTK (Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule) and successfully graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. During her time as a student, Anna actively participated in various exhibitions and had the privilege of meeting incredible artists who profoundly influenced her unique perspective and signature style. With an innate ability to discover unusual perspectives and a passion for psychology, Anna infuses her work with a deep sense of meaning.
Luca Curci – How did you get into photography? Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
Anna Nesterenko – In 2011, I fell in love and made a life-changing decision to leave Moscow, along with my well-paid business job, and start a new life in Germany. My passion for photography was ignited during childhood, inspired by my father’s love for it. Finally, in 2012, I saw the opportunity to turn my hobby into a profession. I enrolled in a photography program at BTK (Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule) and successfully graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. During my time as a student, I actively participated in various exhibitions. I still remember the time of the entrance exams at BTK, where we had to present our first photo shoot with artistic meaning. Although I didn’t have a professional camera then, it didn’t deter me. The experience was both exciting and challenging. My initial photo work was experimental, and I loved the thrill of walking the streets, and observing things in a new light. While people often kept their eyes on the ground, I looked upward, studying trees, flowers, and streets, seeking new and captivating subjects for my photography. From that day on, I started seeing the world with different eyes, always on the lookout for interesting motifs and finding joy in appreciating the beauty of our world.
LC – According to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
AN – When working as a commercial photographer, ensuring client satisfaction is crucial for producing excellent photos. Attention to detail and maintaining high-quality standards are essential to meet their specific requirements. On the other hand, as photo artists, we enjoy more creative freedom. While our work may still encompass relevant themes, it allows us to express our souls and thoughts through art. Experience also plays a pivotal role in shaping an artist. Continuously learning about the chosen topics, refining our sense of aesthetics, and gaining new insights enriches our work and enables deeper communication with the audience. Over time, we develop an instinct that helps us determine if our artwork has successfully conveyed our intended message to people. In my artistic endeavours, I concentrate on capturing the often unnoticed details, seeking fresh interpretations of familiar subjects. Emphasizing quality is paramount to me. Striving to achieve my vision without compromising, though challenging, is always my objective. This commitment ensures that my work aligns with my artistic plans and delivers the intended impact.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
AN – Being an artist has always been, and will always be, a challenging journey regardless of the time period. Yet, I firmly believe that if this is my destined path, the universe will undoubtedly provide its support, and everything will unfold as it should.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
AN – I always find great pleasure in hearing the thoughts of my audience and how they perceive my art. Engaging in conversations with people about art is truly enriching and promotes growth, allowing us to reach new levels of creativity. Through these interactions, new ideas are born, and as an artist, I get the chance to see my artwork through different perspectives. It never ceases to amaze me how people can articulate in words the profound meaning that I had intuitively felt and expressed in my pictures but had never explicitly spoken about. The way viewers connect with and interpret my art adds a whole new dimension to my work, making it a truly fulfilling experience.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
AN – Indeed, my art has evolved and become more intricate over time. This complexity is evident both in the techniques I employ and the deeper meanings infused into my work. Through my journey, I have delved into the fascinating realm of psychology, and this newfound knowledge finds its expression in my photographs, enriching them with profound insights. However, amidst this depth, there are moments when I still find joy in drawing attention to simple blossoms and everyday objects. By presenting them from a different and imaginative perspective, I seek to reveal their inherent beauty, encouraging viewers to appreciate the often-overlooked wonders in the world around us.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
AN – I believe the topic you have chosen is highly relevant, and you have done an excellent job in selecting artists who represent diverse aspects of this theme as well.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
AN – Experimental artwork provides a unique opportunity to perceive the world through different eyes, thereby expanding our horizons. Through their creations, artists can discover the boundless realm of inner freedom and imagination, transcending psychic limitations and venturing into the art of the future.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AN – Of course! It is truly an honor for an artist to showcase their work with ITSLIQUID in such prestigious cities as Rome, London, and Venice.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AN – Yes, your team is incredibly professional and easy-going. I am thoroughly enjoying our collaboration.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
AN – Your platform offers tremendous opportunities for young artists with a wide range of possibilities.