Interview: Lida Arzaghi
Luca Curci talks with Lida Arzaghi during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 9th EDITION, at Archivi della Misericordia.
Lida Arzaghi is an Iranian Multidisciplinary artist and photographer. Her academic education began with associated degree in visual arts in the Art & Culture University in Tehran/Iran and BA in graphic design from the university of Worcester in the UK, where she started a new journey in photography. After few years of experimentation, she started her master’s degree in contemporary photography and philosophy in the university of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins. Lida continues to show her works in well known galleries like the Tate Modern (Tate Exchange) and many other solo and group exhibitions through England, Italy, Iran, Croatia. Besides the exhibitions, she had an online Artist Talk through Pandemic under the title of “The Artist in Isolation Lecture Series: Making Art in Times of Crisis” for Central Saint Martins’ photography students.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Lida Arzaghi – In the field of Photography I look for the forgotten and the overlooked that make up the enriched visual tapestry of a modern cityscape, to remind the viewer of forgotten aesthetics of we are immersed in.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
LA – The story backs to the time I was studying BA Graphic design. At first photography was a tool for me to use in another field of art. Recording simple and minimal urban forms as a background for graphical works. But what I did not expect was the attention of others and the strangeness of the simple images that, although they passed by every day for years, but had never seen. That’s when I found that people have fleeting and careless look at their surroundings, while seeing the same images in my photos excites them.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
LA – Of course There were some changes over the years, although the concept has remained constant. At first it was just urban documentary photography but in the recent years that we all had to stay at home due to the pandemic I started to photographing the mundane moments at home.
LC – What is your creative process like?
LA – The most important factor for me is remaining true to the original image, so after photographing I don’t touch the picture but before this stage I choose particular concept to follow. Although my type of photography categorized as documentary photography but its not like looking for anything to capture in random. Before starting I determine a specific topic and try to find that concept in the documentary scenes.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
LA – As I mentioned above, the challenging part is capturing the scene the same way I want to present at the end, with no manipulation.
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?
LA – It selected from one of the previous series that emphasized on human and identity as part of the environment not the main subject.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
LA – In this artwork, the identity in its original meaning overshadow and manipulate by the surroundings and born with new definition.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
LA – ITSLIQUID is a professional platform that offers excellent opportunity for international artists to showcase their artworks.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
LA – Absolutely! ITSLIQUID GROUP promote artworks physically and virtually all around the world.