Jun 07, 2017
Daniela is a Visual Arts student from Argentina who approaches photography from a cinematographic perspective. Her emotionally charged images reflect Daniela’s feelings through the use of different sitters, creating in this way a continuous story enacted by different people. However and due to the expressiveness and beauty of her work, each photo could be a story itself.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
DS - My name is Daniela Silicz, I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina, I am a Professor of Audiovisual Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UNLP and at this moment I am writing a Thesis to obtain the degree in Audiovisual Arts with Orientation in realization.
am - How did you start in photography?
DS - Since the beginning of the race in 2007 I’ve been practicing photography and lighting with an analog camera. My grandfather was a great photographer and I was able to have my first camera thanks to him. As a weekly practice I always photographed and made small sessions with friends, acquaintances or people who attracted me, never models.
am - What inspires your work?
DS - My work is inspired by reflecting a state, a climate where the portrayed person can connect with himself and in turn reflect me. I try constantly to introduce myself more and more into their inner states and their problems. I look and search for an internal content.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
DS - Actually when I started as a photographer my great references were all cinematic references, since this is what I had chosen to study. This is also reflected in the staging I create in the photographs, thus generating characters and leaving aside a vision of the ‘model’. My great references are David Lynch, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jean-Luc Gordard, Lars Von Trier, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Jacques Tati.
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
DS - In the moments when I am not doing photography, I try to connect a lot with the surroundings from a contemplative perspective. I am very obsessive and try that my surroundings look like a “Composition”. As an inspiration, I often fragment different books and try to create a sensation or reason to be able to continue creating.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
DS - It is difficult to know where I could stay for a year, there are many places in Europe that seem incredible to contemplate. Countries that interest me are: France, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Russia, Spain. It is very difficult for me to decide, since I do not know any of them. But about something I am sure, I would need mountains and rivers.
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
DS - It is difficult for me nowadays to have a favorite band, I really like the old music. But in this case I’d choose an album of these two: Pyramid “the alan parson project” and “Artaud” by Pescado Rabioso.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
DS - As favorite film I choose Jean-Luc Gordard’s “Live Your Life”, I think Godard will always be one of the only directors, for me, who can excite me through his language.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
DS - ‘Instant light’ by Andrei Tarkovsky, to me there is no better magic in the use of light than that compilation of images. I could say that the use of light and climate are also another of my major luminaries and references.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.