Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Giulia Parlato.
Lives in London and Palermo
How do you describe your own art practice?
My practice delves into histories, myths and cultural heritage, involving photography and video. I analyse the historical use of photography as a document of truth, specifically in its scientific and forensic uses, and challenge this language, by creating a new space in which staged scenes take place.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
The melancholic and frustrating state, caused by humans’ impossibility to understand the past constitutes the foundation of my work. Central themes are conservation, cultural heritage and the role of the facsimiles.
What was your first experience with art?
Through my parents. They are both architects and they transmitted me the love for art history, ancient buildings and construction sites.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Mostly having conversations with people and listening to music.
What do you need in order to create your work?
A couple of weird eBay orders, some film rolls and someone with a driving licence.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
I’ve recently seen the exhibition “the aura in the age of digital materiality” in Bologna which is about Factum Foundation; an amazing organization working with a broad range of 3D scanning technologies. Among other outstanding projects, I was completely blown away by the surface’s remaking of a series of lost paintings such as “Six Sunflowers in a Vase” by Van Gogh and “Water Lilies bay” Monet.