This weekend’s spotlight is Berlin’s newcomer Elvira Bukowski, - Estonian born experimental photographer who believes in the power of nature and Slavic mythology.
Elvira has moved to Berlin a month ago in order to explore herself fully in visual art and ARTCONNECT BERLIN became her 1st online art community.
After 3 years she had spent in England doing Film & Media course, Elvira understood that rainy and windy island does give her enough inspiration. Not that it never rains in Berlin, especially when the autumn is around the corner, but the fact that Berlin is so hyperactive in its creative scene, made Elvira think that this is the right place.
Saturday night ARTCONNECT BERLIN met Elvira in Kreuzberg to enquire her about this inspiration thing, which makes her drive.
What is your inspiration?
Nature in big term, everything natural. When I am outside the town, green fields with cows, lakes, and mountains inspire me. When I am at home I often want to go out and just hug the tree. I do not like taking photographs of the nature itself; I am not interested in showing it in my pictures, I am interested in transmitting the energy. But when I was in Scotland and went to the field of cows, and I froze for a moment. They were so symmetrical! To my mind a photograph has to emit the power of the unknown. It is all subliminal; I do not make plans. Different objects evoke strong associations. The other day I found this painted piece of branches near the bin. It inspired me for a video and a set of photographs straight away, so I took it home.
Are there personalities that inspire you?
Yes, many. The most beloved would be Marina Abramovic, then Laurie Anderson, A. Jodorowsky, S. Parajanov and D. Makavejev. You can see my diploma project about inspiration at ARTCONNECT BERLIN.
What would be the essence of your photographs?
Human in the relation to a natural object. I believe that the artist’s hand is being pointed by greater powers; the energy comes from the space through the artist into the piece of art. If I take a model for a photo session I usually end up using the shots with unexpected moves. I prefer innate photographs, you know what I mean? It is like when the model is not posing but being herself in the moment of enervation. When it comes natural there is more life.
You have a lot of photographs with yourself in different interpretations, can you comment?
Well, I am very impatient. When the idea hits me I cannot wait, I have to realize it straight away. The other thing is that I do not like to be photographed, but when it comes to experiments I know myself best what to do, I do not have to explain anything I just do it.
What would be world without art?
And what was the biggest art project you made in England?
Well, I was supporting local musicians there. Especially FUNKE AND THE TWO TONE BABY, I literally saw Dan Turnbull becoming famous, he did everything himself, but when it came to the first video i helped him on the camera and edited the material.
And what is next in Berlin?
My biggest fantasy about Berlin's life is to combine both industrial and country side experiences. The city gives an opportunity to explore the new media and places like KESSELBERG brings me closer to the mother roots. Berlin is always a challenge.
Any upcoming events where we can meet you?
I currently help with the project called demonshaker, it is a spiritual drum explosion, you should check it out yourself in Mica Moca, October the 1st, as words will not describe it.
Interestingly enough Elvira has never studied photography, but the compositions she makes are very rhythmic and surprising at the same time. Her photography is definitely not pretentious, there is life and there is energy in it. Her latest collection is available at tumblr. And we are happy to have Elvira at ARTCONNECT BERLIN.
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