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Shannon Guerrico

Switzerland-based photographer.

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Hello Shannon Guerrico, how are you?

Hi. It’s a little crazy these days… We have a new puppy at home! Along with dog training, I am preparing for some collective shows and a solo in September. So I’m doing pretty good, thanks.

Can you introduce yourself?

I ‘m half Argentinean, half Irish. I grew up in south of France and I have been living in Switzerland for the past 15 years or so. I’m an artist/photographer. I graduated from the school of photography of Vevey, Switzerland in 2010. Since a year, I also started a curatorial adventure with two partners, so part of my brain works for FORMA art contemporain, Lausanne.

What do you like about your working and living place(s)?

First, I have to say that Switzerland is a country that promotes and supports culture and arts; it fosters creativity and production. It’s a very interesting tank to swim into when you’re a young artist. Geographically, it’s a central country; anywhere in Europe is a hop away. Also it’s important for me to live in the countryside while having easy and fast access to the city, which is possible here.

What is your experience and approach to photography?

It appeared to me one day that photography could open a world with an unlimited range of possibilities… Interested in telling stories, I mostly work in series. I started by paying attention to the existing world. Along the way I think my attention is shifting more to constructions, modifications, alterations, « bricolages », the result, for now, the image still being a photograph but one of a different kind. Globally what I try to do is build atmospheres, intimate climates, construct stories full of unspoken words…

Can you tell us more about your series « My mother doesn’t care for thoughts »?

A little more than a year ago I was commissioned by curator Marco Costantini to work around the character of Emily Dickinson. I became immersed in her poetry and her extraordinary life. At that time, I was also very interested in the Pre Raphaelite society, mainly the paintings. The result of that is a mix of documentary images, studio shots, interventions, scans and photographs archives. The whole is a sort of a mind map, something like a collection or a dream visit of her house in Amherst.

Who influenced you in terms of image’s aesthetic?

Arnold Böcklin, Wiliam Turner, Joshua Reynolds, Gustave Courbet, Lucien Freud… Joel Sternfeld, Sophie Calle, William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Rinko Kawauchi… David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock… And many more…

What is your next project?

It’s about personal beliefs and superstitions, origins and folklore. Work in progress…

Which books are on your bedside table?

« Irish myths and legends », « Comment parler chien ».

The last word…

Merci.

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Interview : Dennis Moya & Tiffany Baehler – 05.14

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