Can you please tell us about your references? What sort of artists and concepts often inspire and are present in your work?
Being the last generation in contact with a totalitarian political regime, the inherited experiences have naturally influenced my research and practice towards state surveillance and mass manipulation. The main concept that is often repeated in the work is the use of collective bodies. My previous studies on Fashion Under Socialism has naturally influenced me to use fashion as a medium to unify the people into a whole.
From a cinematic perspective I am very much drawn to mass performances and mass gatherings where the body is used to create different patterns and structures, and suddenly from an aerial view it dissolves into pixels. A classic example could be Leni Riefenstahl’s progressive and innovative editing on the 1938 Olympia, but mainly I am looking up to the masters of Soviet Cinema, where all my fascination with montage and manipulation really began. My recent obsession has definitely been revisiting all the great MTV music video classics, mainly including Chris Cunningham’s work, good old 90’s, a place where surrealism met technology.
What is your vision for your video work? Where would you like to see yourself after Central Saint Martins?
The biggest enjoyment in the work I am doing, is the collaboration between sound design, music and live audio-visual performance. Berlin has proven to be a great city to build on that. There is room for improvement and growth in your work every day, all you need to do is surround yourself with the right people that will help you along the path. I am still in the beginning of that journey. What fascinated me, from a commercial perspective is that video as a medium is slowly being reshaped into a 20 second visual feast that instantly transmits a mass of information. Social media is reshaping the way music videos and fashion film are being created and I am very much drawn to explore more of that. My recent work with SHOWstudio reminded me there is something about fashion film that is definitely tempting to look into; it is a place with no limitations and has a unique ability to create a world of its own.