Ludo Vici talks to us about his art, answering 10 questions, using the 5 W’s
(Who, What, Where, When, Why).
Who are you?
My roots are in the theatre as an actor and director. I moved on to filmmaking a few years ago and when the pandemic kicked in with all its consequences and most of my projects were falling down I was looking for new ways of expressing my thoughts and artistic ambitions. So I turned back to my old passion of photography. This was something I could do under these circumstances. There was no way to produce theatre or movies, but I could just pick my camera and walk out into nature.
Who are your favorite artists?
What themes does your art focus on?
When I returned to photography two years ago I just walked into nature. I focused on trees, tree barks, the forest. The forest for me has always been a special place since my childhood. A kind of retreat area, a place where I could connect with the mystery of nature. During the time I also turned my eye on the other side. The loneliness and anonymity of the city.
In between these two worlds, there is the person, so I shot a lot of portraits to dive into the magic of the human face.
What is your hallmark as an artist?
My artistic approach is to get quite close to my objects. I’m not so interested in epic landscapes, more in the intention to condense the whole picture in extracts and to find a poetic translation for my subject, which means to serve the subject by creating an artistic equivalent to present its essence.
To use a literate metaphor, I’m more engaged in poems than in novels.
In my exhibitions, my intention lies in the combination of different motifs to build arches of emotions and thoughts between various worlds.
What music or other audio do you listen to while you work?
When I’m out shooting I don’t listen to music, because I don’t want to be distracted from the world I’m in. During post-processing, sitting at the computer I often choose Piano-Jazz, sometimes old Pink Floyd records. But sometimes, when I run out of patience, I just shut off the machine and hit myself with some Marylin Manson tracks.
When did you decide that art was part of you and your life?
The family on my mother’s side were all artists, theatre people and dancers. Therefore I was always close to the world of the arts. When I was 14 I saw 2001-A space Odyssee and it hit me. The combination of pictures and sound expressing the passionate search for philosophical and mystical questions was overwhelming. I just felt the irresistible power of artistic expression. For sure this was not the only crystallization point, but it opened my mind and heart to follow this impulse of being an artist.
Where do you work on your artwork?
As a photographer I spent most of the time outdoors, finding my subjects (except portraits, which I do mostly in my own little studio) but there is of course a lot of time that I spent at my computer, doing post-processing, experimenting and learning.
Where would you like to see your artworks exhibited?
The world of galleries is quite new to me, but I have a close emotional connection to two cities that are very different in their mentality and culture. Los Angeles and Tokyo. It would be great to experience how my work would be seen there. So the dream is to find quite well-known spaces in these cities.
Why do you make art?
It is an urge, an irresistible desire to create. The process of creating helps me to orientate myself in a repeating overwhelming stream of emotions and inner sensations of a world that was and is still a mystery, sometimes threatening in its uncontrollability. I always felt a deep connection with the world of ideas, the world beyond the physical manifestation. It is a vivid way to communicate these feelings.
Why do you think art is important in our society?
Art is the language that allows formulating the ineffable. The vocabulary of this expression is not made of definitions and logic, it is made of all types of symbols, that touch not only our inner human experience but also our different layers of consciousness. Therefore it is a universal language of connection. On the surface, we are linked by relationships and interdependencies which we can try to organize with agreements in order to balance our emotional and material needs, but beyond that in the deepest way we are interconnected by experience, empathy and consciousness. Accordingly, art as an expression of that connection is not only important but necessary for survival, especially in societies that have the tendency to build an almost merciless cult of computability and effectiveness mostly just to serve the market.
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