| Emanuela Bucceri |
If you could be anything right now, what would you be?
If I have to be honest, I have no idea about what I would be. I’m still trying to understand myself, so it’s difficult for me imagining myself in other shapes. I just can say that I’d like to be always a source of art to me.
Which book are you reading?
I’m reading “Anna Karenina” written by Tolstoj. In my opinion, Anna represents The Woman. Every woman can identify herself in Anna, in her paranoia and faults. Every woman can see in Anna a part of herself. That’s why I’ve hated her, because I’ve seen myself in her and I didn’t like what I saw. “Anna Karenina” allowed me to analyze myself in the same way I try to do with my photography.
Which photographer is teaching you something?
For sure Francesca Woodman is the main photographer who inspires me. In fact, in her self-portraits her face is usually hidden in some ways. When someone asked her why she photographed herself so frequently, she answered: “It’s a question of convenience, I am always available.”
Also Vanessa Beecroft inspires me for the special attention given to nude bodies.
Are you working on a particular project right now? Can you tell us something about it?
At the moment my self-portraits are my one and only big project. Sometimes I do miniseries, but they are always self-portraits. Investigate my inner self and my life and be able to express them visually: this is my big project.
Your work is all about selfportrait, it looks like a deep research of yourself, I might say. Where did it start and where is it going?
I’ve lived an intense year of physical and personal changes. My photography has evolved in parallel to my changes. I think this was the beginning. Change means questioning everything that was believed to be real until that moment. So, in that moment I need a clear vision about my image and my essence. Self-portraits allowed me to have it. Until now I’ve told about myself through familiar places, in particular home, the most suitable place. In the future I hope to relate more with stranger environments.
Why did you choose to show your body but hide your face?
I show my body to tell myself without lies. I always had a difficult relation with my body and photography allowed me to talk about me without shame and fear. While showing my body, I give shape to my being. I get naked myself and in the meantime I hide my face because I don’t want that my feelings are associated with it. I don’t want to show my face, but my art and my essence. Moreover in my photographs you can see not only my stories, but yours too. And this can happen just hiding my face.