Interview: Valerio Figuccio | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Valerio Figuccio

Interviews | April 14, 2015 |

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Interview: Valerio Figuccio

Luca Curci talks with artist Valerio Figuccio during LIQUID IDENTITIES exhibition in Bangkok.

During his art education, Valerio Figuccio had the opportunity to experiment different art-media. At the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome he studied set-design and learned how to process and deal with various techniques like painting, graphic and all type of installations. In 2010 he moved to Leipzig and began his study at the Academy of visual art, Leipzig. Here he started working with photography and videos.

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In his art work is often present the idea of something intimate and mysterious. While working he’s always looking for a relation and a comparison with outdoor spaces instead of working in the studio. Precisely for this reason, photography and videos are often indispensable for his works. He states: “I believe that it is not necessary to describe an artwork if it could speak by itself with its own visual language. This is the aim that I try to reach in each of my art works.”

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Luca Curci – Your work was exhibited during LIQUID IDENTITIES exhibition in Bangkok on March 2015: can you talk about your personal experience in Bangkok with
International ArtExpo?

Valerio Figuccio – Two years ago I was en route to Bangkok and I immediately felt a special fascination for this city. I always hoped to exhibit my work in Thailand and thanks to Art Expo I had this great opportunity. Unfortunately there was no possibility for me to be at the event and therefore no chance to meet the people of the organization.

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L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Bangkok? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

V. F. – The work, which I presented in Bangkok was created at the Fraunhofer Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik (IOF). The IOF invests in applied research and develops technologies and prototypes for applications in the wavelength range from millimeters to nanometers. My view through the video camera allows us a glimpse into the cosmos of a work that investigates and tests the techniques, and manufactures the corresponding devices we can use in the future. The quiet camera movement, almost a signature in my works, calls for a closer look. The audio track (a sample of the original tones) is curated from the sound designer Clelia Patrono and enhances the visual impression of a surreal world.

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?

V. F. – I am currently working on a project about a small city on a volcanic island in Italy. I am interested to exploring the lives of those people who live far from the society in extreme contact with the downside of nature. It will be an Installation art work with Videos and Photography.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

V. F. – Once I red in a book : “Art is the blood in the veins of the history of the world. There is no society without art and if there were, they die bled” I believe that there isn’t a real answer but i like to think that art give us the chance to see the world from a lot of small different prospects.

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L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?

V. F. – I think it’s a good organization that give the chance to know new spaces around the world, and is also a great opportunity to get in touch with other artists.

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L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

V. F. – Yes, of course Internetional ArtExpo is a really good organization. I hope to participate in other events with more chances to meet new people and new artists.

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