Merav Maroody will present some of her beautiful Video art and Photography on our up coming event – Framed #18 – PARTY.
Since I always love to know more about the art process of our participating musicians and artists, I have interviewed Merav so you could read and understand more about who she is:
how would you describe your profession?
As a photographer I try to separate the work I do for someone else and the work I do for myself. When I am hired by a woman to take her photo, my job is to learn about her, about how she sees herself, and then tries to capture that. When I work for my own ideas, I am trying to learn about the idea in the same way. Photography is a never ending field of knowledge with endless ways to approach it and to explore.
what is the favorite part of your work? (dreaming? planning? shooting? editing?)
I feel lucky that I am never getting sick of my work. Photography is always there for me, and I am always passionate about it. No matter how tired or sick I am, I would jump outside just for a stupid picture of snow. The planning and dreaming are a part of the passion.
Tell us about the craziest photo session you’ve ever had.
Oh, I’ve had too many to tell. Somehow it’s always crazy. The most recent one was photoshooting two amazing comedians from Berlin – Anne Haug and Melanie Schmidli, both were wearing a blown up air balloon costumes that looked like two huge, mascular, fat men. We went out to Görlitzer park and jumped in the air. The Balloon costume made them fly in the air a bit. The people in the park where amazed and it was hilarious.
What is your professional dream?
My dream is to have my own studio, full with amazing lights. This dream is so important for me I call it: “A Studio of One’s Own”. It would also be amazing if it were located above a second hand store so I could collaborate with its owners and use different unique clothing items and costumes.
When was the moment that you knew that the Camera was your “thing”?
As a child, the first photo I took amazed me. Growing up in Arad, the light was so strong and the shadows were very deep. The camera I was given as a 12 years old was broken and I had to shoot everything two exposure stops down. It made the photos very “artistic”. I’ve won a local competition of photography with this broken camera, first and second prize. Since then it was my thing.
Your recent work – plastic animals – is so beautiful and intriguing, what could you tell us about it?
Plastic animals is a series that tries capture a feeling of belongingness in a foreign environment. In this ongoing series of pictures, that I took in various locations in Berlin and its surroundings, I tried to depict feelings towards being an immigrant, and the constant look for an “alternative” family, away from my own.
After a line of consequential events that happened to me, and led to a post traumatic reaction and to the need of a long period of recovery, I went on a trip with a group of friends to Poland. The trip was meant to bring some comfort in the shape of an intimate weekend with friends.
The pictures became a sort of “my family and other animals”, and created an atmosphere of being “hugged” and protected in unfamiliar surroundings. My friends, who wore the masks, and are all immigrants themselves, became, in this wild, untouched nature, a group of hybrid bodies, entirely immersed in the surrounding, reflecting in it, and feeling completely comfortable behind the mask.
what/who inspires you?
Inspiration is everywhere. My life is a constant look for inspirations. It’s in dreams, in the news, on the street, in conversations with friends and with people I don’t know. It’s in fashion, movies, and books.
It’s mostly in the coming death. It’s just everywhere. I believe we are naturally attracted to things that inspire us.
Till today, I never had a moment without an idea. I hope it won’t happen to me that I run out of ideas, it’s a scary thought.
Do you listen to music while you work? and what is your latest favorite piece of music?
My friend Limor is sending me tracks all the time that i’m listening to.
That’s the last thing she sent me:
Techno – That’s my thing. What I like in music that has no lyrics, is that I can fill my own imagination into the story told by the music.