Interview: Frieda

Interview: Frieda

Interviews | February 25, 2024 |

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Interview: Frieda
Luca Curci
talks with Frieda during the 13th edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2023, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Born in Germany, Frieda grew up in a creative and artistic environment. She got her very first camera at the age of 9 for her first experiences in travel photography during a trip to southern Italy. It was an old Agfa Isolette with only 12 shots on one roll. At the age of 15, she installed a darkroom in the basement of her home and focused on black and white photography. During her literature studies in Paris, she dedicated herself with a passion to art: music, photography and painting. Later on, she organized multiple exhibitions and concerts for different artists in various countries and worked for many years in the event industry. Frieda travels around the world and her trips inspire her a lot in her photography.  She captures the magic moment of a scenery, her themes and projects are her trips, different cultures and the beauty and esthetic of nature. She is strongly attracted by the elements and focuses on details which she transforms into abstract works experimenting with shapes, colors and structures. Today, Frieda lives in Germany and France.

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Luca Curci – How did you get into photography?
Frieda –
Actually it was a natural process. I grew up in an artistic environment – my mother was a professional painter and my father is a passionate amateur photographer and pianist. So I got my first camera at the age of 9 and since then photography has been active in my life.

LC – Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
F –
This was not a precise moment, but a creative and fluent process. I always felt the need to be creative and the need to transmit my view of things that surround me and that I encounter.

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LC – When you take photos are you usually inspired by the situation or do you find inspiration in yourself?
F –
I think first of all comes the inspiration in myself. If I’m not inspired, I don’t perceive things around me that I could photograph and then comes the inspiration I get from the beauty of nature, from sometimes just a shade or a structure of something. When I then visualize the photos I have taken, comes again the inspirational moment which leads me to transform the photo to what you are seeing here.So there is pretty much an inspirational dialogue between my internal and my external world if I might say so.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?
F –
I would say all the technical stuff. It is very time-consuming and not always easy 🙂

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
F –
Luckily yes! It would be sad to notice that there has been no development over the past years. It is getting more and more abstract, I am including more colors. It is a maturation process of course. Experiences in my life are playing a crucial role as well in the development of my photography and my art.

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LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
F –
One of my main themes is water. So per se, this fits well with Venice and the venue.
With my work, I want to show the beauty of nature, I want to show all these little things that one usually doesn’t see and that are so very fragile and precious. We only have that one planet and we need to take care of it and this starts by honoring every little detail. I am including there my very own vision of the things I am photographing and thus experimenting with light, shapes and colors in order to transmit this. When travelling, I have all my senses open and my eyes everywhere. I am always making an emotional connection to the historical past of places. In this creative process, I again focus on details and microspheres and explore amorphous structures with my lens. The subject itself is not important, it’s just the structure, the light and the shapes as I am led into abstraction. The series “Un Domingo a Capri” (No. I was exposed here in Venice) was created during a recent trip to Southern Italy- a little bit “back to the roots” where it all began. This is why I connect special emotions to these photographs and why I am particularly grateful that nature is offering such an amazing light. Also, I found it interesting that the exhibition was held in conjunction with the ACIT, myself being German. The work of the associations is so important and art is always the best way to understand each other peacefully, no matter which nationality, culture, ethnic background or whatever you come from.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
F –
I think it’s great to have all kinds of art from all kinds of horizons coming together. The performances were also very inspiring and gave a special note to the opening evening. It was so nice exchanging with the other artists coming from different countries.

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LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
F –
ITSLIQUID Group and especially Luca Curci as Director are giving a lot of artists the opportunity to showcase their artwork in wonderful locations, which is great, and getting therewith more visibility. All the organization is very professional and seamless and Luca has a wonderful team supporting him.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
F –
Yes I would suggest a collaboration. Your services are good and as already mentioned, the team is great. Very friendly and very professional.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
F –
Yes, I did! Thank you again for this great experience to all the team!

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