Woman Crush Wednesday: Interview with Giulia Parlato
By Isabelle Von Arx
MUSÉE: Your artist statement notes that researching mythology is a big part of your process; are there any particular myths that you are drawn to while making images?
GP: Recently I’m very into Homer’s Odyssey and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s The Professor and the Siren.
M: Can you expand on the theme of melancholy, especially in your Isola series?
GP: I think melancholy is central in Isola, simply because the project is about trying to depict a place that does not exist in reality. It is this incessant search for an impossible, perfect place. Melancholia is often intrinsic to photography and the imaginative narrative I’ve attempted to create brings me back to blurred childhood memories and hopefully invites the viewer to feel at home within this idillic scenario, as well as being overwhelmed by it.
M: Did working with a cinematographer during your internship change your process?
GP: It did in terms of lighting and color grading, but what I’ve mostly taken from it is the idea of working in a team, which I really like, and that often constructing an image takes a lot of time. However, I still have a lot to learn from cinema in terms of artificial lighting.
M: Which format do you enjoy shooting with the most?
GP: I mainly work with medium and large format analogue cameras.
The WCW Questionnaire
How would you describe your creative process in one word? Painful.
If you could teach one, one-hour class on anything, what would it be? I’m not a very good speaker! Ha! But maybe it would be how painting has influenced photography and why.
What was the last book you read or ﬁlm you saw that inspired you? For this project two relevant ones were:
Book: A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit.
Film: Picnic at Hanging Rock by Peter Weir.
What is the most played song in your iTunes Library? "Las Simples Cosas" by Chavela Vargas.
How do you take your coffee? Americano, black, one shot. No sugar.