Interview with Alberto Sinigaglia

by David Donno


Telescope - Alberto Sinigaglia

Telescope - Alberto Sinigaglia

We are pleased to welcome Ardesia Projects to the gallery for the Brighton Photo Fringe Festival with their exhibition SCREENED. In this interview we get to know exhibiting photographer Alberto Sinigaglia a little better.... 

What is the role of the photographer in society?

I don't have a precise idea of the role of photography in society...I’m sure art has a role in society.  Photography definitely has a role in my life. 

How has your photography evolved? How do you see it evolving in the future?

Personally, evolving has always meant to continue researching and building a personal visual language, continuing to (try) and go beyond the conceptual and formal limitations I put upon myself. To continuously ask questions to myself and the surrounding world without ever expecting a definitive answer.

Big Sky Hunting - Alberto Sinigaglia

Big Sky Hunting - Alberto Sinigaglia

 

 

What's your favourite piece of work you've done and why?

I don’t have a single favourite image. I think Big Sky Hunting has been, until today, my most “complete” project with which I began a journey. In its construction I discovered a methodology, I began to understand certain mechanisms, and I managed to give shape to specific thoughts and reflections. With this project I answered questions that I asked myself for a long time.

 

 

 

 

What are your tips for aspiring photographers?

Create your own pathway. There is not one specific route which can apply to everyone.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is my media… It’s my way to confront and analyse reality.

In your opinion, what makes a memorable photograph?

Honestly, I have no idea.

Where do you find your inspiration?

To me, the construction of a project is like an investigation. Where I find traces, clues that support my hypotheses, and elements which support the narration of my project; there I find inspiration.

What artists/photographers have inspired you?

Thomas Ruff, Luigi Ghirri, Trevor Paglen, Wofgang Tillmans, James Turell, Mark Dion, Stefano Graziani, Taryn Simon, Tony Oursler, Martin Parr among the others. 

What do you hope the viewers will take away from your artwork?

My projects, although concerned with different topics, are linked by recurring concepts and by this exploration process that I'm doing. I think of my works as an inventor of fragments which are used to question our visual knowledge of the world and, relying on our desire for truth and poetic, I try to invite the viewer into a space of speculation.

To find out more on the SCREENED exhibition, visit the Brighton Photo Fringe website: http://photofringe.org/2016/exhibitions/screened/


Meet the Photographer - Klaudia Dietewich

by David Donno


Klaudia Dietewich

Klaudia Dietewich

Klaudia Dietewich is a prominent photographer from Germany who is exhibiting with the Naked Eye for the Plain Vanilla exhibition. Klaudia exhibited with us in another group show last year and we are pleased to have her road photography, printed on aluminium back again this year! In this blog post we get to know the photographer behind the lens a little bit better....

1. What is the role of the artist in society?

Artists deal with the world we live in. When their art reaches the beholder, and touches them, new perspectives open up, discussions may be triggered and changes may be initiated.

2. How has your photography evolved? How do you see it evolving in the future?

My conceptual approach is getting stronger and more focused and I have diversified my techniques and materials. 

3. What does art mean to you?

For me art is work and challenge but also freedom, felicity and satisfaction.

4. In your opinion, what makes a memorable piece of art?

Such a piece of art must touch me and enthuse me. It must be aesthetic and has to have social or political relevance.

Road Markings, Old Steine, Brighton - Klaudia Dietewich

Road Markings, Old Steine, Brighton - Klaudia Dietewich

5. Where do you find your inspiration?

Cities are my places of inspiration including all locations shaped and affected by people. This is where I discover traces of life lived; raising the question of what remains of us and of the world as we know it.

6. What artists/photographers have inspired you?

The concepts and approaches of Robert Rauschenberg and Marcel Duchamp were important for me, but others too.

7. How do you know when a piece of work is completed? 

When I believe the selection and clipping of motifs and their overall arrangement has the strength to transport the idea the work is based upon.

8. What do you hope the viewers will take away from your artwork? 

That it is worth walking through the world with open mind and open eyes to see its surprising beauty which is not always visible on first sight, and to draw attention to the things around us which can be overlooked.

Click here to shop Klaudia's photographic work.