Maristela Colucci, Floating 2
Interview: Maristela Colucci
Luca Curci talks with artist Maristela Colucci during Contemporary Venice EXTENDED exhibition in Venice on January 2015.
Maristela Colucci is a self-taught photographer. Her work is featured on 24 Brazilian stamps and 16 phone cards. It also appears in advertising campaigns, art books and magazines. Over a 20-year carrer, Maristela presented seven solo exhibitions – six in Brazil and one in Portugal – and has artworks in the collections of MAM (Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo) and Fnac. She has seven published books: Ilhabela, Submarine Brazil, Antarctica – a world made of Ice, Pacific Crossing, The Northern Route – Expedition to the Arctic Circle, SUB – Voyage to the Brazilian UW world and The boys of Congada. She runs Grão Editora, a publishing house that publishes photography books by Brazilian artists.
Maristela Colucci, Fire 4
Mainly focused in photographing nature and people around the world since 1990, she recently started dedicating herself to a series of more conceptual works, always taking photography as a basis.
She lives and works in an island in the Southeast cost of Brazil.
Maristela Colucci, Fire 2
Luca Curci – Your work has been exhibited during Contemporary Venice EXTENDED exhibition in Venice on January 2015: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?
Maristela Colucci – Unfortunately I couldn’t be there, but I’ve followed the successful Expo via posts and comments on Facebook.
Maristela Colucci, Floating 4
L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?
M. C. – I am always traveling to remote places, most of them are very difficult to reach. And then I had this vision, which is indeed a reflection of the presence of very special beings in a quite untouched nature.
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L. C. – What are you currently working on?
M. C. – I am currently manipulating prints. My two personal works in progress are using this technique:
FIRE (Let’s save the planet? / The planet turns, / Nature reinvents itself and survives. / Let us save mankind, / if it is still possible.)
SALVAGUARDA (Are we heading to the total and inexorable destruction of Nature and of our richest tangible and intangible goods? Would the utopian protection be the only effective one?)
Maristela Colucci, Salvaguardia 2
There’s also another one in progress: FLOATING, which was conceived on the idea of transforming a swimming pool into a photographic studio. By coating it all in black, my intention is causing the lack of spatial reference. Being underwater along with the dancers and using a waterproof camera, I get to enhance the ethereal effect of bodies floating with no gravity by using infrared film.
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L. C. – What is art for you?
M. C. – Something that is born inside the artist and catches the spectator from the outside to the inside, from the inside to the outside, and upside down!
L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?
M. C. – It’s fine and friendly!
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L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?
M. C. – It’s very important to the artists to show their works in an exhibition so well curated and organized. Hoping every artist reach a higher level of visibility.