Interview: Fabiana Privitera
Luca Curci talks with Fabiana Privitera during CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Born in Naples on 2 April 1993. She graduated from the University of Naples Federico II in Science and Technology for Nature and the Environment in 2016. She obtained a Master’s degree in Professional Photography at the School of Photography of Naples in 2017-2018. Since 2013 she has been actively dedicated to scene photography following artists and songwriters as an official photographer. The scene portfolio contains international bands Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode, ACDC, Aerosmith, David Gilmour, and Italian artists, such as Jovannotti, Pausini, Fabi, Silvestri, Gazzè, Lauro, and others. Since 2013 Official Photographer of Feltrinelli in Naples, where she elaborates reportages during sign copies events. Since 2018 she dedicates herself to the creation of artistic images at Backlight Studio in Naples.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Fabiana Privitera – It is the free expression of something within you. Making art means taking a stand on your feelings and deciding to share them with others. Looking at the opera, you hope they will be as happy or relaxed as you were during creation.
LC – According to you, what makes a good photo?
FP – When you know the rules of the game, it’s easier to break them. For me great knowledge is essential, but on the other hand, the message is important. My image can be perfect in composition, light, colors, but if I have nothing to say it remains a sterile image.
LC – When you take photos, are you usually inspired by the situation or do you find inspiration in yourself?
FP – There is a lot of study behind it. When I have an idea, I see a lot of pictures on the internet, not only of models or photographers that I like but also of marble statues or paintings. Today, thanks to the internet, we have a digital library always with us and it is easier to take the images that inspire you, print them and plan your work.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue?
FP – At the moment I am inspired by the ancient Latin and Greek worlds. I spend a lot of time visiting museums or looking at some statues on the internet, and then try to tell a new story behind a divinity. For example: in my three photo series “Metamorphosis of Mercury” the subject, a girl, transforms her white feathers into black, as an expression of an unknown part of her soul.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
FP – The “Mar(e)mo” series is made up of three images and is born from a story of self-doubt. The subject is a friend of mine that was not comfortable with her body, so I decided to do my best and show her how beautiful she was. Photography is always a story of connection. In my opinion, when you work with people it’s necessary to establish a bond. Thinking about portrait photography, being able to listen to the subject can provide a more genuine picture. We forget that we are unique, there is no one like me and you, thus the photographer it’s challenged to grasp this. My favorite photographer, Giovanni Gastel, said: “The photographer is a filter”. Listening and understanding what is shared becomes the base of the project. Thanks to the double exposure technique, I applied a photo of a stormy sea on the body of my friend to represent that, despite our inner troubles, we are always beautiful.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
FP – I participated in Canvas International Art Fair in Venice and I exhibited in the “Room” near Piazza San Marco. I liked the opportunity to have a video presentation and to talk about the opera. Sharing opinions with international artists is certainly the best part of the exhibition. Knowing the story behind the work directly from the author gives you a more engaging idea of their project. There should be more moments of sharing and celebrating together like on the second day at Palazzo Bembo.