Interview: Letta Sed
Luca Curci talks with Letta Sed during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 9TH EDITION, and VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021, at Misericordia Archives.
Letta Sed graduated studies with a master degree in Chemistry at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. In 2012 – 2015 she studied Photography at the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design. These last studies allowed her to express herself through both fine art photography and visual art, as well as helped her develop herself in reportage and documentary photography. Until 2020 she worked in various FMCG corporations. Her fine art photography is often a reflection of her emotions, the condition she ex-periences at a given time, her inner world, or her view of the world.
Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Letta Sed – On the one hand, I deal with fine art photography, but on the other hand, with documentary and reportage photography. However, due to the pandemic, I have recently mainly focused on fine art photography. In my works, I use various techniques: techniques of digital collage, handmade collage, experimental techniques and new media. Recently, many of my works are based on abstractions from nature, in pure form as well as transformed into completely new images (e.g. digital collages).
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
LS – I have to admit that quite winding paths led me to where I am now. As far as I remember, I have liked drawing, painting, and somewhere I have always had this part of my interest in different kinds of art. However, for various reasons, I haven’t had the opportunity to develop myself in this area. Science was also in the area of my interest and it dominated my teenage years. I graduated my studies with a master degree in Chemistry at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. After that, I worked in various FMCG corporations in Warsaw and I cultivated my passion for art rather by observing the world around me and participating in various events related to art: painting exhibitions, theatre, cinema, concerts. However, in my life (the end of 2010) there was a breakthrough when I had to face a series of difficult situations and here with help, came photography as a means of expression. This helped me cope with the difficulties surrounding me. In 2012, I started studying at the Warsaw School of Photography and Design Graphics, where I studied Photography for 3 years These studies gave me the opportunity to express myself through both fine art photography and visual art, as well as helped me develop myself in the reportage and documentary photography. From 2020, due to changes in my life, I can devote more time to my passion.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society?
LS – An artist, if they create their works independently, can stimulate in others those parts that are dormant, undiscovered, unclothed. Evoke both positive and negative emotions (art is not always to please the eye) sometimes it can also become an inspiration for others, paradigm your shift. Through their works, an artist touches upon a reality that is often not captured in language but is beyond language. Through my works, I want to show and present the experiences that build me. I would like my art to influence the experiences of people with whom I meet or who deal with art and seek a transcendent experience. At the same time, everyone has the right to feel, learn and experience art in harmony with their own person.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
LS – Each of us perceives the world differently and experiences differently. My fine art photography is often a reflection of my emotions, the condition I experience now, my inner world or my view of the world. I think that my life experience has a big influence on my work. I also have a lot of empathy in myself. What is more, I am a very sensitive person to human harm, especially to the weaker people. All these feelings, emotions accumulate, mix and create all kinds of connections in me. At some point, they need to go outside in one image or another. The works presented at Contemporary Venice have been created some time ago in a difficult moment of my life. They are very personal. I was wondering then about a woman’s life. They were the result of some kind of self-cleaning such as inner “silent scream” On the other hand, the series “new (old) world” were created during the COVID pandemic, when we had to deal with isolation they are the result of longing and lonely wanderings. That is why these landscapes from nature were taken, they are quieter. Sometimes the events around me, in the place where I live, with which I am attached, evoke such great emotions that they also affect my works. This was the case, for example, with divided 11/11. The photo has been stored for a few years, and then, on an impulse (Independence Day 11/11/2020), I made the final work, showing my condition related to what was happening in Poland at that time. Unfortunately, the work is still up to date.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
LS – Everyone receives art individually. My fine art photographs have their names or description, which is a reflection of what I felt at that moment while making a given work. I would encourage viewers first to look at my work from their side, and then try to measure up to their feelings. And only later they can read what I meant. It would be interesting to confront our views later. I am very curious about how others view my works. As I have already mentioned, each of us perceives the world differently, experiences differently. Sometimes when we look at the same thing, we see completely different things.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
LS – My work presented at Contemporary Venice has been created earlier, in a difficult moment in my life. Nevertheless, it fits very well with the theme of the festival. Base on my personal experience, a woman’s life is constantly changing. It is a balancing act, between one state and another, mental, physical, one’s own or family, leading to death and through death, remaining. We live in different states. The only truth is a life that remains, so we keep building and changing. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Accepting life is accepting death as the lack of life. In fact, we build a friendship with light and darkness, change and lack of change, life and death.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art?
LS – The world that surrounds us can be defined using 4 words: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity. The answer to it is LEAP which is an acronym for Liberty, Exuberant, Agility, Partnership. We can only win with the world of VUCA by being open to various experiences, accepting reality with joy and with hope for the better, adjusting to reality in cooperation with other similar as well as different people. The ITSLIQUID philosophy as I understand it is a response to a complicated world according to this most effective approach. I am glad that I could take part in this experience. Multiplicity, diversity and change stimulate development and exceed their own limitations.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
LS – I think it is an excellent platform for artists from various fields of contemporary art, including photography, painting, architecture, fashion (allows showing off, exhibiting their works), but it is also great for people who want to be closer to art, get to know contemporary art, new artists, learn more, commune with art.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
LS – The organization is at a very high level. A very professional team. I received a lot of support, I could count on an answer to my every question or doubt (there was always a person on the other side willing to explain or help). So I would like to thank you.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us?
LS – Absolutely! I truly recommend it.