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Interview for The Roundhouse about the Transfiguration exhibition

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Last year, during my Transfiguration exhibition at The Roundhouse (London), I was interviewed for their blog. I’m sharing it much later, just because I forgot then, but I still find this interview interesting now:

What inspired you to take up a career in photography?
I always knew I wanted to do something creative, but I wasn’t sure what or how. When I was 23, I started working in an office importing photography equipment, which wasn’t fulfilling.

Three and a half years later, I quit, bought a camera and started taking photographs. I photographed weddings and events with a friend, for the money. At the same time, my brother started training in the circus, so I started photographing him and his friends.

A year later when I moved to London, it inspired me to start shooting circus artists, dancers and performers, along with interesting characters, for example, those in London’s alternative and fetish clubs.

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‘Transfiguration’ Exhibitions at the Roundhouse & Truman Brewery (London / 2016)

Like a mask, layers of body paint and powder disguise the identity of the subject, and release something animalistic from within. In the final images a sculpted, abstract, less human figure emerges.

This April, my latest photo-project ‘Transfiguration’ will be making its UK debut as part of a unique dual exhibition;
A very special appearance at London’s legendary performing arts and concert venue Roundhouse and a solo show at The Old Truman Brewery.
The exhibitions will take place in London, having had a successful preview at the prestigious Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain (Paris) in January this year.

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Listen to my interview about Crowdfunding at Resonance 104.4 FM, ‘Art Survival Strategies in London’ (13th February 2016)

Last Saturday (13th February) I was a part of the ‘The News Agents’ show at Resonance 104.4 FM in London.
The show’s title was ‘Art Survival Strategies in London’. It was hosted by artist, friend and neighbour Rebecca Feiner.

For those of you who missed the live broadcast you can now listen to it on Resonance’s Mixcloud:
https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/the-news-agents-13th-february-2016/

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