| Andrea Pilia |
If you could be anything right now, what would you like to be?
I’d like to be a photographer from the ‘80s, who has received this interview via traditional mail.
What book are you reading?
I haven’t read any book for years. I’m not proud of it, but I don’t wanna hide behind a lie. In my spare time, I like reading news, preferably on paper more than online.
What photographer is currently teaching you something?
I think to Gregory Crewdson’s works, to his construction, to the weight each of his images has. The rigour of the Düsseldorf School. I reckon they didn’t “teach” me something specific, but they have undoubtedly contributed to my visual education. Nowadays, on Instagram, I see millions of photos in a few minutes: in some ways, these images are enriching me too. Everyone is my teacher.
Are you working on a particular project right now? Can you tell us something about it?
I have several ongoing projects and another hundred of them in mind. I’m currently focused on family portraits, an art which has been lost over time. I started collecting old “cabinet cards” from late ‘800, when families were dressed up for parties, there were fabric backgrounds and it was easy to understand roles and relations between the various family components. This is what inspired me to start this project.
What do you do in your free time?
My favourite hobby is MUORI.org, a photographic project born in 2008 in collaboration with 3 friends of mine. The aim of this project is being ironic about death. Lately, we are mainly shooting “slaughters”: we love creating always different situations and seeing our numerous followers ready to “die” in our photos (www.muori.org). This said, when I find more spare time, I like playing PlayStation with my friends.
What’s the story behind your project “Bubbles”?
Bubbles starts with a light-heartedness which has no equals in my previous works. I hope the word “light-heartedness” will not be confused with superficiality. Bubbles doesn’t represent any particular story, but it does tell 100 of them: everyone can see his own in it. Who has never had his balloon blowing up? This work is the fruit of a collaboration with my partner Agnese Sbaffi, it’s our latest project.