Interview: Gianluca Pollini
Luca Curci talks with Gianluca Pollini during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
I was born on the 4th of September 1960 in Bologna where I live and work. I’ve been interested in photography since 1982 when I worked with Panda Photo agency as a naturalistic reporter. I published also in several nature magazines and books. Since 1993 I’ve mostly worked with medium format using a 120 b/w film. Back then what I preferred the most were landscape and still life images; from this disposition was born the book “Fiori” edited by Gente di Fotografia in 2006. From 1998 to 2008, my artworks were exposed and sold by Image Gallery, the first photographic open gallery in Bologna managed by Daniela Facchinato. In 2010 began my cooperation with Galleria Forni in Bologna. My latest artwork is “Arquitectonica“, a photographic project which came to life in February 2019 as a meditation on the metaphysics of Italian rationalist architecture. Taken shots try to describe the stasis of everlasting places, full of mystery and symbology, highlighting the contrast between colors and lines and marking the metaphysic relationship between the geometrical elements.
Luca Curci – How did you get to photography? Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
Gianluca Pollini – I started photographing in 1982 by chance during a trip. Then thanks to my passion for nature, I’ve started to make nature reportages and have collaborated since 1985 with sector magazines and with a photographic agency. I remember that the first professional reportage I made was in 1984 at the Gran Paradiso National Park.
LC – According to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
GP – Perhaps a good photograph is one that stays impressed every time you look at it.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
GP – The themes that I look for, generally traceable to nature, are linked by a single thread: the light.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
GP – The shots taken try to describe the stillness of timeless places, rich in mystery and symbolism, highlighting the contrasts of lines and colors and enhancing the metaphysical relationship of the geometrical elements depicted.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
GP – I often find inspiration in the field of painting. My latest work, for example, is inspired by the paintings of De Chirico and by the works of the great architect Aldo Rossi. I also love the Romantic painters Turner and Friedrich.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
GP – The latest work “Arquitectonica” (from which the three works on exhibition are taken) is a photographic project that came to life in February 2019, as a reflection on metaphysics in Italian rationalist architecture.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists? Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GP – I think that ITSLIQUID GROUP could be an excellent opportunity for artists. I liked working with you, too bad that due to the pandemic I didn’t have the opportunity to visit the exhibition and get to know you personally.