Each week (RE)GENERATION proposes a young and emerging artist under 35. Today we have the pleasure to talk with Ylenia Comi, a student of cultural heritage with a visionary look between painting and photography.
1) Hello! Tell us about you! Who are you? where you from? and what you do in life.
Hello everyone! My name is Ylenia Comi, I’m 23 years old and I grew up in a small town in the extreme south of Salento called Salve. I miss a few exams to be able to graduate in Cultural Heritage at the University of Salento and when I’m not on the books I lose and I find myself in the camera cameras and the brushes.
2) How did you understand what your artistic expression was?
Everything started in a strange time of my life. Certain solid walls of those my eighteen years old worn-out fell silent but in return, I began to look around me with new eyes.
So I bought my first photographic camera with my first summer salary and started training those my hungry new eyes. I have never studied photography since then, I just read something on some book and on the internet, everything else has made my curiosity and the desire to tell and tell me by capturing significant images.
3) What is the end of your job? What do you want to tell?
When I take pictures or paint, I feel the need to give others the poetic moment I have lived and from which my reflections and my ideas have come.
I live within me and outside of me of moments where images or scenes, apparently insignificant for others, bring an existential message that I want to translate and gift to everyone. So I basically make translations and I always hope to give something.
4) Is your home country a source of inspiration for your works and your artistic vision?
The relationship with my land has changed a lot in just a few years. I have been living here and slowly I wanted to learn to hear and understand it, so it has also become a source of inspiration and reflection. I have a good relationship with my land, I look at it and it always gives me a nice feeling.
Its voids, its solitudes, its wrinkles and it’s past that have not passed yet, have silently entered my way of doing art. So there were also several small photographic projects devoted entirely to her.
I always try to experience lonely and not let myself be influenced by other artists. The composition of the picture helped me a lot in the cinema, so much attention was paid to the shots of the films.
I watch and certainly, there are many personalities in the history of photography that have taught me a lot like Man Ray, Vivian Maier, Elliot Erwitt, Franco Fontana, And Gianni Berengo Gardin. I also very much like many younger photographers who follow with pleasure on Instagram.
6) What do you think about the artistic landscape of your hometown? Is it a space to being valued for young artists like you?
Unfortunately, I see the artistic landscape of my land as a desert with some small oasis. These small oases, however, could be fertile ground for something much bigger and more satisfying, I can see a great artistic and cultural fervor and a fair personality of the industry who work with dedication and willpower. I’m a light blur that makes me hop.
7) Suggest three ideas to launch the culture of emerging artists for South Italy.
The underlying problem lies in our culture, where I see a bad and incorrect education in relation to art. I think we should resize this aspect, bring people to see art from another perspective. From the extremely passive here to the south due to inexperience and lack of participation that reduces art to academic, to the active one in which art is all and for everyone.
In my view, the three key ideas for change are working on re-education to art especially in the fertile parts of the population, working on creating more “places for art” so that people can see how art can be present In our everyday life and how much it can be beneficial, and actively share our art and actively participate in that of others.
8)In recent years we are witnessing a migration of interesting personalities from Apulia to lands with more promises of a future career. Do you think a change of course of this movement is possible?
It is always very sad to see talented artists go away, it seems like depriving a jewel of its diamonds. But staying here for many artists only leads to lost and away from the goal, so experience abroad is almost compulsory. There the loss could be a new way to go in one
A completely different cultural and artistic context in which a name begins to weigh what it deserves.
I like to believe in a change, in a revolution. Start filling the gaps and wrinkles of our territory with art, get artistic in relation to that past not yet past to make it more present than ever.
9) What are your future plans? And your projects?
I would like to finish university and perhaps pursue studies in the field of contemporary art, always continuing with my passion for photography and painting. Maybe one day to meet these two parallel paths in a work that can sum up both activities.
10) Do you see any artistic work in Puglia in your future?
I do not want to imagine anything at the moment, so as not to risk being doubly disappointed in the future, but I hope with all my heart to be able to make something meaningful here. I hope to be able to participate in that change next to the other artists, to add my message to them.
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