Interviews | November 27, 2022 |

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Interview: PGM
Luca Curci talks with PGM during the 11th Edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.

“I was born in Madrid and have studied painting, fashion, multimedia and photography. I have done fashion shows in Madrid, been shown consistently in London and worked mainly as a club photographer. The main focus of my work is, equally, the human form and the abstraction, moving from the experimental to the academic. I’m a member of the Gay Photographers Network”.

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Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
I’m taking part in a show with Gay Photographers Network here in London, and keep going on with my T-shirt design side.

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Well, I studied oil painting in my teens, but it was too slow of a process for me and moved to what it was called at the time Offset Art, by then I was already dabbling with the camera. Did a degree in Fashion Design, and right after one in Bespoke Tailoring. While working as a bespoke tailor, I took studied in Photography, still the times of film, and later Multimedia Programming. All this in Madrid, where I’m from. I moved to London and started to have a career in retail in Mens Formal wear, opening and running stores, in the UK and overseas, for very traditional British luxury brands, but it was too formal… So I quit and became a club photographer. The Mystical Marriage of Digital Photography and Digital Image Editing gave birth in Clubland to what I’ve been doing since then.

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LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
Not really, I like to touch every subject, portrait, nude, still life, landscape, abstraction… You name it. Obviously, I focus (Pun intended) on what I like. My work aims to uplift, and that can include a sense of humour.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
Very much. On one hand is what technology, which is constantly evolving, inspires me to do. On the other hand, I get bored easily. I move constantly from experimental to academic. I do not set myself to have a ‘style’, I channel the image to whatever it wants to be.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
If it looks like what I thought when I have it in mind, it leaves me cold. I like the work to take a life on it’s own, to surprise and take me beyond my expectations

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LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
If I didn’t agree, I wouldn’t be here. The theme, Body/Space-Future Lands, is quite open, which allows a lot of freedom of expression. My choice of images is not as random or purely decorative as it may seem. From the beginning of The Renaissance, Venice has been a champion of the nude, my fellow Spaniard Phillip II was buying nudes from Titian nearly in bulk, dear Tiziano was basically on the payroll of the Spanish Crown, and some of them ended up in the UK, so I, a Spaniard in London, decided to pay homage to Venetian painters sending nudes in a Pre Raphaelite style. The Body, The Space, The Future Land.

LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
As I said before, the choice of images for this show is not random, or purely decorative. Presenting male nudes is a political stand. Why do they have to censor the human body? Why do they equate nudity with sex? Why do they see sex as something wrong that has to be hidden? While pornography is widely available, actresses in mainstream media wear bras in bed on sex scenes (Please… Give me a break), homosexuality is punished by death in some countries, and women in Iran got killed for showing some hair under their hijab… Let’s display a beautiful naked man in all his glory. I tried to shoot with Rob just before the pandemic, once we were able to meet, he was not feeling in shape for the shot, I ended up shooting the original idea with another model. At the time I was living in Surrey with a beautiful wood-like garden, weeks before I moved back to Central London, he felt camera ready and we did it. By then we already became friends

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LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
It’s inspiring to be part of a community of artists of such diversity and quality, as its Itsliquid.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
Certainly it is.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
Very much. You are highly professional and warm, you make me feel very welcome and the venue is gorgeous. I cannot thank you enough.

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