Interview: Nicola Ducati
Luca Curci talks with Nicola Ducati during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, 3rd Appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
“I am an Italian Photographer born in 1973. From my small town among the Italian Alps, I traveled since I was 18 in search of the beauties of the world and humanity. I like photography which tells stories but also lets you imagine them, which excites and suggests reflections. My art is not conceptual, it represents what I see, what I feel important, what moves me; photography is a tool to convert memories and feelings into legacies.”
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Nicola Ducati – I am a curious person, I have always been, I approached the world of photography by chance. As a child, I used to play with an old camera found who knows where, the object fascinated me and from that moment photography has never left me. I have experimented with various photographic approaches and now I have chosen travel photography. I was lucky enough to early travel with some very talented photographers, who later became friends, who made me understand how beauties, even if collected in the humblest corners of the earth, are a powerful way to tell the world and its history.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
ND – My way is to experiment, to explore places in search of the beauty of the world through the diversity of people. I want to photograph freely just what I like and that in some way can also talk about me. Photography is a language, so it must remain a free expression of what we feel. My work is inspired by the flow of time and the desire to preserve the memories of those fading places and people that will soon give way to modernity. With my work I would like to tell stories of unknown people, physically remote but humanly close, creating empathy between the viewer and the subject, enhancing their elegance and authenticity. I would like my photography to tell but also to let you imagine, that moves and suggests reflections. Narrative photography.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
ND – Today I feel photography and travel as a single thing, I can’t imagine them as two separate elements. At home, I hardly photograph, sometimes only on commission. The attraction of travel feeds my inspiration and the need to discover, tell and preserve the beauty and uniqueness of places and people through photography.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
ND – The biggest challenge for me today is represented by the standardization, by the trivialization of images due to the overload of information, including visual ones, to which we are all subjected. Now only truly trained eyes are able to recognize the difference between a work that conveys emotion and an aesthetically beautiful but soulless one. Few observers retain the ability and are still able to perceive the inner emotion of a picture. Therefore the difficulty is to get to people’s hearts by passing through too tired eyes.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
ND – As any artistic work, even a photograph has a very long creative process, it may seem like a matter of a moment, but it isn’t. It is connected to instinct and linked to the unrepeatable moment.
It lives in balance between randomness, rationality, feelings, and contrasts until it grows, until it matures, sometimes until it is repudiated, or until it is forgotten. It is very challenging to plan and carry out a journey, to find exactly what I am looking for, to find that moment and the perfect light that magically write an entire story into a picture.
Then it is very gratifying to see the same emotion in the eyes of those who look same decontextualized picture and they are still able to read that mysterious story. For an artist, it simply means feeling understood and it is one of the primary needs that each of us feels.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
ND – Borders. Whether they are physical or mental they represent for me a starting point, when you are able to cross a border, you gain new knowledge. Through this way, we can meet the diversity of the world, the one that scares us sometimes, but this diversity enriches us and makes us understand how interconnected we are to each other. The work at the Venice exhibition is a portrait of a girl from the Afghan highlands inside her nomadic tent. This work has been chosen to represent what can we discover by crossing a physical and cultural border. The beauty in the simplicity of a gesture, the humanity in a girl’s gaze, the need to tell of an unknown ancient people. Discovering a small interlude of beauty in a forgotten and remote place like this, forces you to tell about them, about their eyes that gently scream ‘we too exist, we too want a corner of the planet of our own. It is a duty to tell about their beauty before it dissolves among the waves of the immense ocean of modernity in which we are all immersed. After the recent and terrible events that occurred in Afghanistan, it is not only the aesthetic representation of a story or a tribute to a tradition, unfortunately, today it becomes a rare testimony of a people erased from history. That destiny that always dominates us and that always shakes us. It is now a memento of freedom.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
ND – I immediately felt at ease, the ‘Borders’ theme was particularly stimulating. Today we are witnessing the standardization of our lives and the vision we have of it, finding a challenging theme and tools to express many and different points of view, it is good for those who produce art and for those who enjoy art, in a strong and effective cultural exchange.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
ND – I found everything very simple, participation, communication, logistics. A lot of professionalism and attention to the sensitivity of the artists.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
ND – The locations used are simply spectacular and the setting of the city of Venice enhances the work of the organizers and the selected artists. The organization, the spaces, and the cultural shows organized for the opening made the perfect completion to an event of the highest level.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
ND – Having been noticed and selected to exhibit during the events in Venice was a great achievement for me. Bringing my work into the cradle of beauty and seeing it valued with care and love is for an artist the best result I can hope for.