Interviews | October 19, 2023 |

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Interview: Shengdi Cui
Luca Curci talks with Shengdi Cui during the 18th edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023, held in Venice, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Creative photographer and artist, graduated from University of the Arts London, 8 years experience in photography, with excellent skills in artistic portrait, fashion and product photography. I like to use photos to tell stories. My works often explore the psychology of young people in contemporary society, anti-social behaviour and the boundary between art and fashion. At the same time, I am also involved in humanistic documentary photography, recording every moment inadvertently.

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Luca Curci – How did you get into photography? Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
Shengdi Cui – I showed a talent for drawing from a young age, which naturally led me to a fascination with static images. I remember taking my first professional photo when I encountered a scenic landscape that caught my eye. The camera’s ability to effortlessly capture the beauty of the moment sparked my journey into photography. Since then, I have explored various genres, including landscapes, documentary shots, wildlife, portraiture, fashion, and fine art, and my passion for photography has only deepened.

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LC – According to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
SC – I believe the criteria for a good photo are not fixed and depend on the theme of the shoot and whether it captures what the author intends to express. For me, photography is more about focusing on ideas and concepts rather than rigid standards. It’s about conveying a message, evoking emotions, or telling a story through the visual medium. I pay attention to the thought process behind the photo, ensuring it effectively communicates the intended narrative or concept.

LC – Among the several techniques you use, which one do you prefer to practice and which of them are most compelling for you?
SC – I particularly enjoy the fusion of photography with virtual 3D, as it allows me to bring to life ideas that may be challenging to capture in the physical realm. This combination adds a layer of creativity and opens up new possibilities for imagination and expression. It’s a fascinating process that not only enhances the visual impact of my work but also stimulates my creative instincts, providing me with a broader space for imagination and artistic exploration.

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LC – What do you think about art on social media? Are they turning into the new showcases of contemporary art?
SC – Art on social media has undeniably transformed the landscape of contemporary art in several ways. It has made art more accessible to a global audience, enabling artists from diverse regions and cultures worldwide to share their work, and fostering artistic diversity. Additionally, artists can use social media for self-promotion, showcasing their portfolios, and creating more opportunities for themselves. While social media presents numerous advantages, it also poses certain challenges. The emphasis on visual appeal may prioritize certain types of art over others, potentially influencing artistic trends. Despite these challenges, social media is poised to become the new showcase for contemporary art, continually evolving and adapting to the dynamic nature of the art world.

LC – What issues do you intend to deal with in the future?
SC – I have two primary goals for the future. Firstly, I am actively working towards obtaining a Global Talent Visa to continue my creative pursuits and life in the UK. Secondly, I plan to extend my previous themes into a series of works. Additionally, I am considering exploring themes related to anti-war in my future creations.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
SC – Yes, I wholeheartedly agree with the vision of the art. The theme is particularly compelling, embodying diversity and a close connection to everyday life, offering viewers a multifaceted visual experience. I especially appreciate the exploration of “body and space” in the theme, as it aligns well with the stylistic elements of my work.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
SC – The diversity of themes explored in the exhibition’s artworks align seamlessly with the exhibition’s theme.

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LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
SC – I believe that ITSLIQUID Platform is an excellent platform, offering a great showcase and social space for both emerging and experienced artists. It serves as a valuable international platform for artists to present their work.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
SC – It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t attend the opening ceremony in Venice due to visa issues. However, from the photos shared later, I could sense the enthusiasm and joy of the people present. The event was well-organized and vibrant, reflecting a positive and lively atmosphere.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
SC – I wholeheartedly endorse a collaboration with ITSLIQUID Group. If I start on new creative projects in the future, I would undoubtedly choose ITSLIQUID. I find your services exceptionally well-executed, addressing inquiries promptly and providing excellent support for artists.

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