Piere Ange Carlotti
"I’m present on Instagram, i have deleted Facebook and twitter from my phone and lost the passwords, Instagram is very 1984."
U: Who are you and what do you do?
PAC:My name is Pierre-Ange Carlotti and i’m a photographer.
U: What characterize you work? How would you describe your personal style?
PAC: I do intimate documentation
U: How do your own experiences influence your work?
PAC: It’s all about them
U: What will you be showing at the uncontaminated festival?
PAC: Pictures of the most important women in my life and footage of total strangers walking on the beach. Everything shot in my hometown in Corsica.
U: What do you want to communicate through your work? Is there a message - political or otherwise?
PAC: All i want to talk about is love.
U: Do artists of today have some kind of of social responsibility?
PAC: When you expose yourself to an audience perhaps you get a chance to impact on some of them directly.
U: What does uncontaminated mean for you?
PAC: It sounds rude to me
U: What is the most important thing in your life?
PAC: People i care about
U: How do you feel right now?
PAC: A certain kind of stoned
U: If you could change one thing in the world today, what would it be?
PAC: I would make it possible to walk on the sea from Corsica to Italy.
U: What are the main reasons you are joining us for the festival this year?
PAC: I just did a book signing in Berlin at the 032C workshop and it was the very first time i was doing something outside of my town - Paris - without a brand and a team, just on my own with my personal work and my name and it happened to be a very interesting experience. People come without gloves, either they like it or they don’t but they’re not here because they are your friends.
I enjoyed that honesty.
U: What is the most important drive for you to create and why?
PAC: I’m scared of losing the need to create, because this need is very independent from me.
I often realize that something exists only after living it.
U: Who or what do you value as a great inspiration for you creatively?
PAC: People that chocked me, Virginie Despentes, Robert Mapplethorpe, Gaspar Noé,
U: Can you elaborate on an important moment in your life where you experienced a big change, chose to make one or another event which altered your way of thinking or your approach to creativity ?
PAC: When i shot for Jacquemus the first time, it was the first time i did a job with my images, and my zero technic and my films and my little camera. I realized that time that this was work.
U: How does digital and social media affect or inspire your life and creations?
PAC: I’m from the myspace generation, i was 14 and had a myspace profile, somehow i feel like we grew up with this being some kind of new but also natural way to expose ourselves. I’ve never seen a great interesting sexy reality show but i love the idea of one. I’m present on Instagram, i have deleted Facebook and twitter from my phone and lost the passwords, Instagram is very 1984.
U: What do you define art?
PAC: Whatever the hell gives you feelings.
U: What is your definition of artistic freedom?
PAC: The only moment when you don’t define it.
U: Is there a difference for you between art and commercial/commissioned work?
PAC: Especially when you include sex in your imagery, in your publications, especially when you shoot in a wild way when you’re not a very set up photo maker. Some people can’t believe i can shoot people dressed up. They think even if i arrive on a serious classic job i’m just going to ask the model to show me her ass. But when you know me, you know i never ask.
U: Do you struggle to find artistic freedom in the span between commissioned work and your personal needs to express yourself?
PAC: Weirdly i’m a bit excited to produce the most commercial picture i’ve never made and i’m also very excited to work with someone who will understand me again and just give me the luxury of letting me take the best pictures i can and make it commercial, probably because i’m doing my own thing at the same time, i’m not only thinking fashion. That’s the worse and the best.
U: What do you aspire to? In the near future? In life in general?
PAC: I’m writing at the moment, i used to write a lot, when i moved to Paris i was writing, i wanted to be a novelist i did written two manuscripts but i suddenly stopped. I was also writing articles for some magazines to make a bit of money. I’m writing today because i want to make a movie. A bloody love story. Let’s see if i make this and maybe there i’d be able to figure out what’s the mother fucking plan.
U: How do you feel art and fashion intervient?
PAC: Everything is inside a movie. I remember exactly Monica Bellucci’s dress in Irreversible, the perfect slut outfits of Laura Dern in Wild at Heart. I also remember the color of Josh Hartnet's car in Virgin Suicides. When you see a character that is about to break your heart everything counts, everything in the shot.
U: What is a great example of a fashion art collaboration in your view?
PAC: Juergen Teller does it well.
U: Where do you think art and fashion is heading in our digital age?
PAC: I think everything was more artistic before because people didn’t think this is commercial let’s make it this way they were getting commercial because at that time the only way to make yourself a commercial product was to be BIG the way you were. How was Gianni Versace commercial? i don’t see any advertising as commercial as Avedon’s pictures, sexy and fun and everything. Most of the people take what you give to them, they don’t have expectations about how luxury has to be you just tell them what it is. I don’t believe in a digitalized it girl selling a sweater, a pair of pants, some horrible sneakers a bag and a watch in one picture. This kills art.