Interview: Gabriele Rothweiler
Luca Curci talks with Gabriele Rothweiler during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of the ANIMA MUNDI 2022 art fair, at Palazzo Bembo.
Gabriele Rothweiler was born in Karlsruhe/ Germany and grow up happily in the countryside nearby. She gets her first camera when she was nine years old. In school, she also experimented with painting and graphics. At the age of 19 she decided to complete an apprenticeship in professional photography. After some time in the advertsing studio, it was time to turn to artistic photography. She studied with Michael Schmidt (Germany) and Riveka Rinn (Israel) at the Summerakademie of fine art in Salzburg (Austria). Since 1992 she is a freelance Photographer/Artist. She has worked with many galleries and art teams in Germany and internationally. She is constantly working on her series to change improve and learn.
Luca Curci – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
Gabriele Rothweiler – I’m a photographer and a stroller (love to say Flaneuse) and let myself drift for inspiration. I see scenes or situations that create a picture in my head, and I grab my camera.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
GR – I’m a professional Photographer, I studied for 3 Years in an advertising studio. Afterwards, I studied at the International Summer Academy Salzburg with the famous Photographer Michael Schmidt and Rivka Rinn. Influences: Michael Schmidt, Dora Maar, Sheila Metzner, Man Ray, Bettina Rheims.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
GR – Very happy, thankful.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
GR – I’m lucky to be able to live from my art, but I know it’s very difficult for many artists to survive. I also try to work on topics with a critical context, but I often realize that’s not my way.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
GR – I find my Inspiration in the Streets, I love big cities or special places. I find my inspiration also in books magazines, and exhibitions.
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?
GR – Consciousness: I show pictures I took in Venice as double exposure, which forces the viewer to look at the image longer and more thoroughly. I like to ask old questions posed by art: What is reality…. how real is reality really.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
GR – The Venice image I took in 2019 my last visit there before covid is part of my CityLights Series on which I have been working continuously for many years.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
GR – It’s my first time with Itsliquid Group, I think the work and the team is very professional, and I am very satisfied so far.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
GR – Yes I think it’s a very good opportunity for artists, especially the possibility to exhibit during the biennale, which makes me happy.