Interview: Tris Bucaro
Luca Curci talks with Tris Bucaro during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 9TH EDITION, at Misericordia Archives.
Tris Bucaro is an American visual artist whose practice confronts self-image and intimacy through photography, film, sculpture, and performance. His works are rooted in generating visual tangibility, working primarily in analogue photography and utilizing the tactile processes to draw attention to liminal spaces and gestures. Drawing inspiration from the body, his works create a static tension, enticing the viewer to question and doubt what is seen. His research considers the location of the self within an image and the oscillation between totality and impermanence, utilizing the self-portrait as a means of examining the regenerative nature of the photograph. He has exhibited internationally, including New York, London, Paris, Venice, and Berlin. Bucaro holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London with a Distinction awarded dissertation.
LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
TRIS BUCARO – Art is impulsive. It’s the way for me to make sense of a certain reality that I couldn’t otherwise. It’s an otherness that allows us to reach out and be reached.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
TB – I received my BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and in 2020, I completed my MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London. I can’t say that there is a particular experience that has had the most influence on my work. The lines of questioning in my work are rather reactionary, so each new work or series shifts my work immensely.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
TB – I’m inspired by the idiosyncrasies of our everyday interactions, the folds in bodily harmonies and the dissonance that we find in intimacy. My practice is rooted in isolating the body as an agent of temporality or lack thereof, so I find inspiration in these times when the body navigates transitions and impermanence.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
TB – Given the circumstances, I think many artists have really succeeded to adapting to this new landscape we’re in. For me, it’s given me some time to recalibrate and put more intention into my practice, as well as consider new modes of engagement.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
TB – My practice has shifted and evolved many time over the years, but the themes and lines of questioning have remained consistent. In my work, I’m not so concerned with reaching a specific outcome, rather I’m committed to allowing myself to react and discover the work as it comes to fruition. I have always worked primarily in analogue photography and over the years, the tactile processes of working in this way have expanded into more sculptural and experiential pieces.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
TB – I think it’s a great opportunity to gather and exhibit artists from all over the world and see a breadth of what “contemporary” means from different voices. I was very impressed by the other participating artists and I’m grateful to have been asked to be a part of this.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
TB – Considering the main sections of the exhibition, MIXING IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES, the artwork presented successfully shows a broad spectrum of how we express our human identity and how it shapes and moulds the space around us, both in concept and medium.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
TB – Absolutely and I think there is even more room to grow. I hope in the future to see competitions and open calls for early-career artists and those who may not yet have the means to participate in such large-scale exhibitions and grow their audience.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
TB – ITSLIQUID GROUP has been incredibly professional and courteous in their communications and their help to make this exhibition happen, it was a great experience.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
TB – The platform is a great intersection for art, discourse, and opportunities for artists. I’m excited to see how the platform continues to grow and contribute to the engagement of artists and their work.