Each week Apuliart proposes a young emerging artist under 35 for the (RE)GENERATION headline. Today we have the pleasure to talk with Giulia Pinto, DAMS student with the passion for photography.
1) Hello! Tell us about you! Who are you? where are you from? and what do you do in life?
Hi! My name is Giulia Pinto, a 21-year-old girl from Lecce. I prefer the name Giulia Pi because it is shorter. Now I’m living in Turin, where I study at DAMS and I spend my time in photographic laboratories.
2) How did you understand what your artistic expression was?
Maybe it was photography to find me. One day, a few years ago, rummaging through my uncle’s old boxes in search of music cassettes, I found an analog.
I started experimenting and I understood that my impulsivity could be well expressed in photography, which for me is the expression of my personal vision. It was love at first sight.
3)What’s the aim of your work? What do you want to tell?
With my photos, I try to represent suggestions, real or dreamy but linked to simple everyday life.
In addiction, my works enlighten the dark part of my mind, for which it is a necessity to express all this dense network of relationships between people, lights, nature, and objects.
4) Is your country a source of inspiration for your works and your artistic vision?
So my land of origin is always an ancestral call.
The dryness of the air, the roar of the sea, the twisted embraces of the olive trees. I think that there is always something nostalgic and sensual in my work, I am constantly looking for it. This is something that frequently brings me back to the extreme beauty of my homeland.
5) What artists do you refer to or feel close to your art?
First of all, I venerate Pedro Almodòvar, because I love the photography of his films, I love his human introspection, even in its most grotesque sides. I also love Josef Koudelka of the Magnum who lived among the gypsies and deeply expressed humanity.
6)What do you think about the artistic scene of your hometown? Is it a place where young artists like you can get the support and the motivation need?
I believe that in recent years Salento is recovering from a slack situation. Now young artists are taken into consideration and therefore fresh and innovative ideas can develop. It seems like something is finally changing!
7) Suggest three ideas to launch the culture of emerging artists for Southern Italy.
There are three main steps to accomplish this task. The first one is scouting. It is important to find young people in schools and to give them the chance to get involved, but also visibility and trust.
Then, sensitization in favor of young talents because there is the risk of creating a language and an élite. In conclusion export: I think we need to spread the creativity of the region around the world, also through the many famous international Apulian artists.
8)In recent years we are witnessing a migration of interesting personalities from Apulia to places with more attractive career opportunities. Is, in your opinion, a change of direction possible?
I firmly believe in contaminations. Therefore, I believe that leaving to more favorable places is a growth, and so is recognizing their own limits too, but I believe even more firmly in coming back. Maybe especially in a land as Apulia that needs to be highlighted not only for the summer entertainment tourism. So it needs some trust!
9) What are your future plans? And your projects?
My future plans are fallacious! As soon as I get distracted they change!For now, I’m here in Turin, but I would like to travel a little following some lost population in the Balkans, Iceland or South America. My main project is to give a form and a story to those who still do not have it. My next project is an intimate look at the last Grika language speakers, a linguistic minority now almost extinct of just under 10 Salentine towns.
10)Do you see any artistic career or artistic project in Apulia in your future?
Although my projects are still uncertain, in the future I certainly see Apulia and even more certainly Salento. Can a mother let a child go without trying to take him back every day? And the mother Puglia will not suffer much!