Interview: Dmytro Kataiev
Luca Curci talks with Dmytro Kataiev during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 and THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
The photographer mainly works in modern metropolises. In his search, he focuses on ideas of public and personal space. More specifically, he concentrates on their boundaries and points of their intersection. He is trying to discover how they influence each other and understand where is the point when the border between them becomes elusive. Space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and sometimes developed in absurd ways.
Luca Curci – According to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
Dmytro Kataiev – I think that the main ingredient that makes a good photo is the ability of a photographer to notice something which most of the other people do not usually see, to emphasize this in his work and then show it to a viewer. This can be done in any genre of photography. It is very great if one can find beauty in things that became common for most of us.
LC – How much is the editing process important? How’s yours?
DK – While studying photography, my attitude to editing changed several times. Now I think that it is just one of the tools in the artist’s toolset, which helps him to better deliver his vision of the world to the viewer. To be honest, the editing started even before the photo is taken. As soon as I raise my camera, I choose what to include into the frame and what will be unnecessary. Then I select the best shot and only after that I move to the editor. So I think that the whole process of editing is a very important part of creating a good photo.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
DK – I don’t feel tied to a specific theme. I always have a camera in my backpack. While walking through the streets I photograph anything that attracts my attention. And later when I work with my archive I find that some images somehow present a grouping in a series. And this is the moment when a new project starts.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
DK – I can not say that I express something in particular. I do my best to deliver my interpretation of common things to the viewers. And I am happy if my works can make a person look at something from a different angle.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
DK – I feel satisfied and ready for the new work to start.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
DK – Unfortunately, I did not have the possibility to attend the exhibition personally, but I saw a video with the works, they are amazing, you have done a great job!
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
DK – These works are part of a short series about streetlights enchanted by time, wind, dust and water called “Dandellions”. Over time, each of them acquired unique features and character. Each one has the story of its life imprinted on its surface. Trying to adapt to the onslaught of environmental changes brought by humans, nature creates hybrid forms that combine man-made with something completely natural. Initially introduced as a part of the urban infrastructure, gradually they succumbed to the influence of nature, let it in and gave up to be altered by it. As a result, they became united. By this example, one can clearly see that it is impossible to completely isolate oneself from the environment and exist separately. We constantly change the world around us, but at the same time, we cannot resist its influence on us.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
DK – Yes. First of all, it was a pleasant surprise to be noticed by ITSLIQUID GROUP! This was the first time that my works traveled to another country. I really appreciate your assistance at all stages of the process.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
DK – I think everything is good. I’ve got all answers to all my questions really quick.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
DK – It was a pleasure to work with you.