Interview: Fares Micue
Luca Curci talks with Fares Micue during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Fares Micue is a Spanish self-taught fine art/conceptual self-portrait photographer born in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) in 1987. She started photography back in 2009 as a hobby with the hope of getting some nice pictures to share on her profile and without putting much thought into the photography process, but after 6 years into this hobby she realized that photography was the perfect medium to share her thoughts, ideas and perception of the reality with others as well as a great tool to combine her other passion that is writing. From that moment on she took a different approach to the creative process of her images, putting extra attention in all the elements to include in the final image like location, colors, props, mood, and story creating a final image both rich aesthetically and in meaning.
“As a self-portrait artist, I use the observation of my surroundings, personal experiences, and my own transformation to create beautiful conceptual images. My work is full of symbolism and every element in my compositions has a purpose and by combining all of them I can transform my ideas into images. I am a highly positive person and this positivity often reflects on my work delivering images with a strong message on personal growth, self-love, and empowerment. I want my images to give hope and teach people to appreciate themselves, to love, dream, and believe that everything is possible if we believe it is. My images often feature simple backgrounds, saturated colors, and characteristic props like flowers, plants, origami, or balloons. I want my work to be viewed as a whole story condensed in one frame”.
Luca Curci – According to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
Fares Micue – For me, a good photo is an image that makes me feel and think, one that has a message that resonates with me.
LC – How much is the editing process important? How’s yours?
FM – For my work, the editing process is essential since is where the image in my mind comes to life.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
FM – I always try to write the backstories of my images previous to shoot as well as choosing the colors and props, like that the shooting takes less time. Since I create conceptual images the elements are reasoned according to the feeling I want to transmit.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
FM – It feels great to be able to finally see the image that was only in my mind on the screen where I am able to share it with the world.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
FM – I don’t find it challenging since I do enjoy every single part of the process, I love from planning to shooting to editing.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
FM – In my practice, I use my body as a tool to share and transmit stories and feelings, my body language is a key element in my work.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
FM – The title of the image I will be presenting is “Room to grow” and represent every human as a powerful seed full of potential and power to grow and become whatever they want to be in life, it is an image that is meant to make us feel empower and optimistic about our future.
LC – What are your suggestions for our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
FM – This is my first time and the service has been satisfactory.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
FM – It is my first time working with the group and it has been pretty easy to work and communicate with the staff.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
FM – Sure, is been a pleasure so far, the communication has been fast and easy.