Interviews | November 10, 2022 |

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

Tzuruan Plata born in Mexico in 1987, Photographer, filmmaker and drone pilot. In recent years, he has focused on still photography, landscape and aerial portrait. His style incorporates a minimalistic approach where color and framing composition are fundamental to his discourse. He currently lives in Merida, Yucatan.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Tzuruan Plata-
For me, art is everything that is born from the inspiration you feel when you see another form of art. Most of the time I find this motivation in songs that I like. I close my eyes and I imagine things, photos mostly (normally that are never related to each other), but I try to keep the emotion that they made me feel.

LC – What are you currently working on?
TP – I am working on a book that I am going to release at the end of the year. It is  a collection of photographs about nude art and the relationship of the female body with the natural environment. It’s called Naked.

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LCAccording to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
TP – Composition, quality of light, and color are the most important things for me for a good photo.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
TP –
Complicated, I think. Sometimes, being passionate about what you do does not make you a better artist or person, nor does it give you a better job or better economic benefits most of the time. Some artists make it, others do not… in the end it is a life decision. I take photos because it is something I need to do – it helps me express part of myself or how I feel.

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
TP –
To find models. I live in a small town and most of my work at the moment is based on the naked body, so it is a complicated situation! There are more ideas written on paper than finished photographs.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
TP –
I think that all of them have a relationship with the body and the environment. What I like most about portrait photography is that it can convey a lot of expression with few elements. It is like a prologue, an invitation to read a novel about the character in front of you, to know more about them.

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LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
TP –
The idea was to keep it simple, and casual, and play with the environment. It seems that a lot of production went into the photographs, but no – actually it is just the connection of two people (the model and myself) waiting for magical moments.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
TP –
For sure. You are looking for new proposals and emerging artists all the time. The curators are very good at what they do and they are incredible people, too.

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LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
TP – It is great. I was very impressed by the organization and logistics. I’m grateful to have been part of this event.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
TP –
I am very satisfied. I hope you continue to grow as much as possible and soon have events on other continents, and if possible in Mexico.

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