Interview: Yiran Wang
Luca Curci talks with Yiran Wang during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Yiran Wang was born in Shanxi, China in 1997. Having grown up in both Shanxi and Beijing, she has encountered tremendous social, political, and environmental changes throughout China. As a photographer whose approach moves fluidly between documentary and fashion, her work often deals with reconstructing memories and memorializing objects. Exploring the nuanced relationship between people and their environment, Yiran’s photographs encourage others to confront present social concerns, by making each of her images a narration of each subjects’ poetic story. Yiran graduated from Parson School of Design with a BA in Photography in 2019. She lives and works between New York and Beijing.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Yiran Wang – I have a background in Photography. My family bought me a camera when I was little and I have been playing around with it till now. I graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2019 with a B.F.A in Photography and have been working as a freelance photographer since then. My interest lies in exploring the complicated relationship between humanity and nature in the context of historical and cultural background.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
YW – My works are mainly landscape and portrait photography. Over the years, I have constantly experimented with the intangible quality of photography, challenging its boundaries through the use of mixed media such as installations, books, and printmaking. I work both on commission and autonomously. I also work with stylists and designers for commissioned fashion editorials.
LC – What is your creative process like?
YW – I believe that the best photographs are the ones that leave people puzzled and question. I am very spontaneous when I take photos and I often don’t think too much about specific themes while shooting. I work with film cameras and develop most of my films in my friend’s darkroom.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
YW – My work often deals with reconstructing memories and memorializing objects. I wish to explore the nuanced relationship between people and their environment. My photographs attempt to encourage others to confront present social concerns, by making each of my images a narration of each subjects’ poetic story.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
YW – I think being an artist nowadays is a wonderful yet very challenging experience. It is amazing to see how people can express themselves through all kinds of mediums. In my humble opinion, almost everyone is CREATIVE and is cable of creating something beautiful. But you can recognize a great artist by how their work makes others feel.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
YW – This is part of my ongoing project.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
YW – I think to look forward to future landscapes, it is important that we see and remember where we came from. In this series of work, I was particularly interested in the structures built to constrain and control nature; surfaces, and facades of land that have been transformed through human intervention. I hope I could encourage people to contemplate our relation to nature and the landscape.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
YW – I think the festival’s theme is very relevant to our current society and it is organized beautifully! I wish I could be there in person.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
YW – Yes, I would love to collaborate with you guys and maybe visit Italy someday soon!
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
YW – Yes! Please send my sincere gratitude to Giulia Tassi. Without her help, I would not be able to have my work be part of the exhibition. Thank you very much for your patience and support.