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.
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/