Six Questions

Six Questions: Andrea Botto

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Andrea Botto.

Artist Andrea Botto
Lives in Rapallo, Italy

How do you describe your own art practice?

I use photography as a staging of reality. I like its chameleon power to show you something and to tell you the opposite at the same time, depending on the context. For me, image is a trigger to activate an imagery already present in the mind of the beholder. A plastic imagery, not ephemeral at all, with its own materiality.

“Andrea Botto 19.06_26.08.1945”, Danilo Montanari Editore, Ravenna 2014

Which question or theme is central in your work?

I could say it is the landscape, or better, a mental image of landscape that I like to question through the esthetics of destruction. I do this by working on multiple levels, rejecting a contemplative vision in favor of a more environmental approach, in which we are part of a relational system. Every action has a consequence. And looking is never a neutral act. That said, the subject is also a pretext for me to reflect on the medium I am using, on perceptual mechanisms and on visual culture.

“KA-BOOM #67”, Ponte Morandi, Genova 2019 _ pigment print 136x111 cm

What was your first experience with art?

I think it was with comics, when I was child. I guess that way of putting the world inside a frame led me to photography somehow. Even some theatrical experience when I was a teenager were fundamental to arouse in me an interest in time and fiction.

“Blasting Practices. Semi-liquid slurry upon mixing and solid after a short time”, 2017 _ pigment print 30x45 cm

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

I find inspiration in everything I see. I would say that I absorb the things that interest me through the look. I learn by watching, that for me it’s my “doing”.

“Ephemera”, Mortar Explosion, Malta 2019 _ pigment print 70x100 cm

What do you need in order to create your work?

Basically, I need time. Then I can quote Cesare Pavese: “A true revelation, it seems to me, will only emerge from stubborn concentration on a solitary problem. The surest—also the quickest—way to awake the sense of wonder in ourselves, is to look intently, undeterred, at a single object. Suddenly, miraculously, it will reveal itself as something we have never seen before.”

“Molti fuochi ardono sotto il suolo”, Brenner Base Tunnel 2019/2020

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I’ve recently discovered the work by german artist Julius Von Bismarck. I’m taking a deep look into his book “Talking to Thunder” (Hatje Cantz, 2019) and I’m really impressed about.

“Ephemera”, Mechanised Ground Fireworks, Malta 2018 _ pigment print 120x90 cm

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Tique | publication on contemporary art #3: Six Questions