Interview: Vivann Varghese
Luca Curci talks to Vivann Varghese during the 11th Edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.
Born in Kollam, a town in South India, I moved to Bangalore to join the University of Fine Arts in Bengaluru. I starting taking pictures of my friends and the urban landscape. For the last 16 years, I have been living my passion as an Advertising Photographer and Art Director. I started out as a fashion photographer for a fashion magazine and then moved on to advertising. It is this experience that has helped me get easy recall and recognition in the print and television media. I have also participated in several individual and group exhibitions, Architecture photography got selected and exhibited at Contemporary Venice, Palazzo Bembo in Venice, Italy, Oct 2022. Photography for me is a remarkable tool that allows me to sculpt my vision into an image. I appreciate the big role light plays in my pictures. These days, I am mostly into artistic photos and I absolutely love fine art and portraits. Exactly the combination that will make my pictures stand out from the rest!
Luca Curci – How did you get into photography?
Vivann Varghese – In college, one of my subject was photography, I used to take pictures with an Olympus film
camera and gradually it became a passion for me.
LC – Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
VV – After fine arts graduate from the renowned Chitrakala Parishat in Bangalore, India, my flair for art and lights helped me exhibit my works right from the college days. I started working on fashion magazines and then moved into advertising, fashion, lifestyle, architectural and product photography.
LC – According to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
VV – Photographs are composed of many elements that come together to make a good image. Elements like lighting, shapes, texture and colour all work well together to add a great deal of composition in photographs. All these elements in photography come together to make an image be considered as good photo.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
VV – The solution to such challenges is to realize that your work is perfect the way it is. Photography for me is a remarkable tool that allows me to sculpt my vision into an image. I appreciate the big role light plays in my pictures. These days, I am mostly into artistic photos and fashion, lifestyle, I absolutely love fine art and architecture. Exactly the combination that will make my pictures stand out from the rest!
LC – How is your creative process?
VV – When it comes to making a plan, the first step is to brainstorm. Be as open as possible with your ideas during the brainstorming process, regardless of how silly they may seem. Make a list of everything you can think of a photograph. Take a few test shots at various interesting locations.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
VV – In my work, I am mostly into architectural photography, fashion, lifestyle, and art photography, with some themes related to nature, ecology, and environmental protection. However, it was my unusual technique that earned me fame. It came in many publications and media in India. The “Drawings Through Fire”; is the result of capturing electrical images created by a lit candle moving in patterns inside a dark room at high speed. In split of second moves I produced images of gold and vermilion sparkles. My fascination for pictures in low light finally helped me compose images previously thought impossible.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
VV – The show is open to all kinds of artists, so I completely agree with your vision of art.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
VV – My work was beautifully exhibited at Palazzo Bembo for CONTEMPORARY VENICE. In spite of the fact that the theme may be different, the media can remain the same.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
VV – It’s been a pleasant experience working with ITSLIQUID GROUP. They are supportive and I appreciate the service.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
VV – Good Dealings, but sometimes email response is slow and a more flexible, fluid response would be nice. Please support both poor and talented artists. If you provide a book or a video tour of the exhibition we can see our own work as well as other people’s work.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
VV – It is imperative to realize that Contemporary Art cannot progress if it is unable to reflect, imagine, interact, and change its shape in a reflective, imaginative, and interactive manner.