Each week (RE)GENERATION proposes a young and emerging artist under 35. Today we have the pleasure to chat with Cristina De Paola, young photographer and student at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts.
1) Hello! Tell us a little bit about you! Who are you, where you come from and what you do in life
Hello! My name is Cristina De Paola, class 1995. I come from a small village in the province of Lecce and currently living in Milan, where I attend the third year of the Brera Art Academy, the address of New Technologies of Art.
2) How did you understand what your artistic expression was?
So i think it’s mostly to feel comfortable using a certain means of expression. In addiction I’m spontaneous to think about photographic images. Probably for this moment my expressive form is, in fact, photography.
3) What is the end of your job? What do you want to tell?
So i like to photograph what attracts my attention, during my experiences, my travels, and my everyday life. Often the idea of sharing with other people my impressions of reality drives me to take pictures. The end is not well-defined, but often corresponds to my need to be aware of what surrounds me and, consequently, of myself.
4) Is your home country a source of inspiration for your works and your artistic vision?
In part, because the urban and cultural landscape shaped my gaze up to the age of 18 before I move elsewhere. I believe especially relevant this has strengthened my perception of the diversity of places I visited and where I lived later.
5) What artists do you refer to or feel close to your art?
Photographs as Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz, Walker Evans, Vivian Maier and Elliott Erwitt.
6) What do you think about the artistic landscape of your hometown? Is there room for space and being valued for young artists like yourself?
At present, the situation is not very much in favor of young artists, at least from my point of view and in small realities like my country of origin. But I think that art is seen in a superficial way. In addiction i must say, however, that Lecce is a more active and stimulating cultural center, although what is lacking is the right support for the activities.
7) Suggest three ideas to launch the culture of emerging artists for South Italy
So in my opinion there should be more initiatives by cultural institutions, such as exhibitions, open calls. Even the emergence of artistic collectives could favor the development of emerging artists, to support and develop their art with the support of each other.
8)In recent years we are witnessing a migration of interesting personalities from Apulia to lands with more promises of future career but many choose to stay. So do you think a change of course of this movement is possible?
Maybe, in the future. So speaking of my personal experience. In addiction i do not foresee a hypothetical return to my home country because my goal is to move elsewhere, for curiosity and knowledge, and not just for reasons linked exclusively to future career promises.
9) What are your future plans? And your projects?
First of all I have to finish my three-year term in February 2018. In conclusion i would like to continue my studies at Photography, but I’m not sure I want to stay in Milan and in Italy in general. So a few months ago I had the opportunity to study in Holland, Rotterdam.
10) Do you see any artistic work in Puglia in your future?
So to be honest not particularly. Maybe in the future will happen, but my mind is projected to other destinations.
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