What is the best thing that I love about my work?
I think it is “recollection”: a state of mind combined with reality and not simply a nostalgic evoking of the past. My concept of photography is based on a language designed to suggest emotions without describing them in detail. I love trying new communication channels. Passing through photography to divert into other directions, I love it. I believe that photography is my way of creating art, but I won’t define myself as a photographer. I prefer to refer to myself as an “images creator”. I am also passionate about old print photographic processes (silver salts, Van Dyke Brown, Cyanotype). One of the basic characteristics of this type of work is its sensitivity to light and the fact that I perform diverse processes, adding my creative touch.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
Serenity and harmony with oneself
What is my greatest fear?
I am afraid to lose my memory. So, I have always been passionate about photography, it was my way to keep my memories close to me.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
Being a romantic, idealist. I still believe in pure values … unfortunately, in reality, the situation is different and I fall in conflict with myself
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
Anyone who has the courage to pursue their purpose without ever giving up.
The tenacious, those who remain sincere and loyal to the end.
What is my greatest extravagance?
two years ago I’ve abandoned my “safe work” to let me involved in contemporary art
On what occasion would I lie?
may be… when I will find a lover?
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Italian contemporary art, because it is struggling.
There are few cultural spaces where public and private meet stimulating sensitivity and awareness for Contemporary Art. There are no public and administrative structures or public organizations that can manage and support the circulation of art and artists because the government doesn’t invest in culture and art . Public collectors are missing, at the same time the private ones still prefers to invest on “well known” artists.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
When I won my first Prize, in 2014. It was my project named Secret Garden. The real “prize” for me was to discover that the message that was in the project had arrived at its destination.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
I would like to be more sure of myself … in that case, I would not change anything about myself.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
I like rather symbolic work. I use the garden as a metaphor for everyone’s inner universe. In each my projects, there is a strong reference to all that can represent the feminine universe: fragility, nature, secrecy, mystery, sensuality, genesis.
When I am able to communicate emotions through my artwork, I feel I have reached my goal
Where would I most like to live?
I would like to live in an unpolluted world, breathe fresh air, walk on the grass …
What is my most treasured possession?
The people around me, who love me and support me.
What is my most marked characteristic?
Depends on who you ask …
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
I love the archives and the antique-flea markets. I like to feel sensations that come from the past.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
In my city there is a small bistro inside a public garden. It is a peacefull place. I really like stay there. In the early morning, I like having coffee there, and “listening nature”
What books influenced my life and how?
My first book it was MOMO by Michael Ende. I read it when I was 10 years old.
I think it was the start to trained my imagination and passionate reading
Who are my favorite writers?
Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Banana Yoshimoto, Haruki Murkami, Laura Pugno, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
I don’t know if this is my final decision, but currently I think I would like to listen an very vintage Italian song that reminds me childhood: “cocktail d’amore“ by Stefania Rotolo
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
The Log Lady (Twin Peaks series by David Lynch)
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
all the people who struggle every day and never give up
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Gone with the Wind, (1939) by Victor Fleming
What role plays art in my life and work?
My art is an integral part of my life and my work. Is my best way to communicate somethings.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
I feel lucky because I have 2 fantastic supporter: Fabrizio Cicconi e Andrea Saltini.
Their point of view is most important for me.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018?
I do not have many pretensions: I would like my team is first friends, then workers.
I think it’s the right way to circulate energy.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?
I prefer casual chance let me meet people. Often, the unknown are more precious than who you desired
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?
After an artist residency in Spain, I had the opportunity to retrieve photographic archives. In October, I will be guest for an solo exhibition at the Italian Institute of Culture in Madrid. It will be the conclusion and the results of my residency research.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
whenever you want on my website http://www.alessandracalo.it
Secret Garden book by Danilo Montanari editions (Art book shop, Art fairs, shop on line)
Palacio de Abrantes (Madrid), from October 10th to December 20th
Galeries de Forum Meyrin (Geneva), from October 4h to Febrary 28th
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
Mh….the same that it means to you
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Ilaria Campioli, artist curator
Isabel Consigliere, sculpture
How can you contact me?
My website: www.alessandracalo.it
My facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/thesecretgardenproject/
My Instagram profile: https://www.instagram.com/alessandra__calo/
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secret Garden book:
Secret Garden Project: