Woman Crush Wednesday: Lucia Fainzilber
By Mariajosé Fernández-Plenge
Before being a photographer you studied Art Direction in Filmaking. There is a strong influence from your previous career in your current work. Would you say this is a conscious decision in every project?
Absolutely. Props, locations, color palettes and patterns is something that it's considered since I have an idea in mind. I can't picture a frame without these elements which are key in its composition and even relates one image to the other.
Your last project Somewear is a series of self-portraits. Does your artwork always comes from a personal issue that you want to talk about? How does your creative process works?
I realized with my last two projects that I understood that I was talking about a specific theme after finishing it. I need to have something that I need to discover or identify through the process of creating it. If the way to its core is simple I am not longer interested. That's why I was so into Somewear, because it was like a visual game. Also I need to have a clear aesthetic approach with supports an idea and makes it stronger.
Somewear is a project about identity. What inspired you to talk about this?
Leaving abroad is something that makes you embrace where you come from. You leave behind your country, family, and traditions in order to be part of another community, to function in it. But you still carry with you all these values and features. After my second year of moving to NY I realized that I needed to get closer to all of these, even more in a city where you are constantly changing and so does everything that surrounds you.
You have been living in New York for five years, a city that constantly challenges identity. How would you say that you deal with this daily? How has this shaped you during your time here?
You become kind of addicted to that change. It makes you want new things all the time, as if your capability to adapt to changes would be a kind of evolution. But also it creates a detachment which is not part of yourself. You become used to all these disposable relations and ways of experiencing life which can be kind of foreign.
You say that society, family and the generation we live in makes harder to know who we are. But aren’t those things exactly what makes us who we are?
We built our identity from society, family and our generation but we still have a unique individuality which sometimes is hard to extract. We wear all these suits in order to belong to the society we live in but we still have moments when we realize that we feel outside this matrix.
the WCW Questionnaire
How would you describe your creative process in one word?
State of mind. I need to get that inspiration and environment by softening the way I experience life, we become very rigid in our routines and that kills inspiration. For me creating is really emotional and getting there requires some work and mind set. Then when you are in that sentimental mood you can get to the core. In the middle there is a wide range of colors, characters, memories and smells.
If you could teach a one-hour class on anything, what would it be?
If I could teach a one hour class would be a critique seminar. Learning how to see and talk about other people's work has been one of the most useful tools that I learned for my own work as well. Getting away from the "it's cool" and knowing that being tough is mandatory to see the world with a deeper eye it's something that we must do.
What was the last book you read or film you saw that inspired you?
The last book I read that really inspired me was "The Identity" by Milan Kundera. Also I just saw "Mustang" which I loved for its photography and the poetic way of portraying women, sisterhood and love.
What is the most played song in your iTunes Library?
Right now, Heaven by The Rolling Stones. But It has a wide tone of colors in matter of genres and styles. I love electronic music and Brazilian music as well.
How do you take your coffee?
Black and sweet.
Lucia Fainzilber is represented by Silverlake Photography and Praxis Art Gallery.