Interviews | December 10, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Makk Flóra

Interview: Makk Flóra
Luca Curci talks with Makk Flóra during ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023 – 8th edition, held in Rome, at ITSLIQUID Monti – Rome Art Space.

Makk Flóra is a writer and visual artist from Hungary. She creates distorted pictures of the places she goes, bringing her outer reality closer to her inner reality. Manipulation of the spaces gives her a chance to better examine and express the feeling of a space, instead of showing it directly how it looks and giving it a new sense through shaping it. Her pictures are dream-like and disorienting, creating a surreal world and offering narratives on topics like the future, dreams, nature, freedom, womanhood, and cravings for the supernatural in the modern world.

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Image courtesy of Makk Flóra

Luca Curci – How did you get into photography? Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
Makk Flóra –
I wouldn’t call myself a professional photographer in the sense that I never studied photography or worked as a photographer. I am a writer and most of the photographs I make are for catching something that I later want to use in my writing. It can be a place, a mood, a moment in time, that I want to keep and transform into something more.

LC – What are you currently working on?
MF –
Not long ago I finished my first novel, and now I am in the process of editing. As for visual arts, I am currently working on a series involving edited photographs and paintings, called “garden”. In this series, I am trying to reconstruct and reevaluate a time in my life when (a few years ago) I was in a deep depression. At that time I spent lots of time in our garden at home just looking at and taking photographs of plants. Spending time with the plants really helped me to slow down and rethink what is important in my life and what can I let go of. These days I am editing these pictures of plants for them to have another layer of meaning, that tells about not just what is on the picture but where I was mentally and emotionally when taking the picture, so one day they might touch somebody else struggling with depression.

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Image courtesy of Makk Flóra

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MF –
I believe different artists have vastly different experiences of what it is like being an artist nowadays, depending on the medium they use, their social and family background, and the country they create in. As for me, I couldn’t live without creating, but it is still difficult, if we look at the amount of work it requires and how many things you have to do, that is not part of the creative process, but still has to be done, like sending your art to different places, keeping up with social media, keeping in contact with people from the world of art. And of course creating both in visual arts and literature is double the work. Fortunately for me, I have both my family and my partner supporting me in my artistic endeavours, without them I would be lost.

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
MF –
I really believe that all suggestions and communications about art enrich me.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MF –
I think over the years my style became more focused. In my early twenties I experimented with different styles, but what always stayed with me is the surreal quality of my pictures. I feel most at home in the surreal, that is what gives a kind of magic to everyday life.

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Image courtesy of Makk Flóra

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MF –
Before creating something new there is always a temporary state of chaos in me (and around me). That is the hardest part, basically just thinking about the piece of art I want to make, planning it and not becoming overwhelmed by the creative chaos. I quite often feel like I am not going to be able to make what I have planned like it is above my capabilities and that is the point when I need to calm down and remind myself that it is okay to feel anxious when creating and my feelings of chaos and vulnerability are really a part of the process, not something against it.

LC – How is your creative process?
MF –
My creative process involves lots of walking in the city, or wherever I am, taking lots of pictures. Then I put those pictures away for a while to let them rest. This is important, so the memories about taking the picture settle down and only the emotionally important memories remain. Then I look through the pictures and see which one is talking to me. The one that touches me for some reason, I edit and transform to something else.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
MF –
Absolutely relieved. Sometimes it is hard to tell when a work is really completed, if ever, but the overall feeling is a sense of freedom and relief.

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Image courtesy of Makk Flóra

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
MF –
I haven’t really participated before in any events regarding photography, but when I saw the call for this exhibition and the topic I felt it was close to me. I always liked to imagine what the future might look like, but these pictures in my mind always were more dreamlike, not something close to real life, so it felt as a great artistic challenge to put them on photo paper.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
MF –
The three pictures I had participated with are part of a series called “Where am I”. They show three different places from my hometown, Pécs, but they are edited almost beyond recognition. I think the spaces of the future are like this, they are the same, familiar places, but with so many changes in and around them, that only the feeling of it can be recognized. It is like in dreams when you see a place that you recognize, but it does not look like it does in real life.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
MF –
I think ITSLIQUID Platform gives a good opportunity for artists to show their work, both on their online platform and at exhibitions in different cities. As for me, it was such a nice experience to have my pictures exhibited in Rome.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MF –
I think the organization was very smooth, Ms Giulia Tassi helped me with all the information needed to get my pictures to Rome in time. Although I couldn’t personally go to the exhibition, I saw all the pictures and videos of it on Instagram and I was very satisfied with how it looked.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
MF –
I think collaboration with ITSLIQUID is a good opportunity for those artists who want to show their art in more big cities. It was definitely good for me, who is still a newbie in the world of visual arts.

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Image courtesy of Makk Flóra

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