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Do you know fabulous Minirelli? Promoting kids creativity and development? You’d better check out her amazing blog! And guess out: she nominated me for the Liebster award! This is going to be f-u-n! Thank you Minirelli!

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There are a few rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them
  • Give 11 facts about yourself
  • Give them 11 questions of your own

Let the fun times roll!

Minirelli‘s questions:

  1. If you could be any animal what would you be? A cat. If I’m not already one.
  2. What inspired you to start writing a blog? It was actually iHanna’s blog and a challenge she took couple of years ago to work daily on a certain project. I thought: why not trying to blog everyday on something that I love? That’s how Photolicioux came to life 🙂
  3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? NYC. 
  4. What is your best skill? Photography/Fine Arts
  5. What makes you the happiest? Love, sun and seeing people smiling. Art. Coffee. (my) Work.
  6. What has been the funniest thing you have ever seen? A friend laughing so much that he stopped walking, embraced a light pole and hit his head against it. Repeatedly. 
  7. If you won the lottery what would you spend it on? Studies, art, travelling.
  8. What is your 5 year plan? Getting a PhD in Fine Arts. If the ‘getting famous’ plan fails 🙂
  9. What has been your biggest achievement? Being awarded a one academic year long artistic residency.
  10. If you could speak another language what would it be? German.
  11. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you take? An encyclopedia (big, fat one), my diary (with a good supply of pens), wine.

And now… I nominate:

Paul Militaru

Avian101

Ina Vukic

Chemin Faisant

Brian Sostrom

Elusive Trope

moorezart

The Raven’s Nest

Tokidoki (Nomad)

hbhatnagar

Jean Reinhardt

S.J.Higbee

The Mouse 

11 facts about me 🙂

  1. Summer is my favourite coulour 🙂
  2. I could move in an art gallery or a library at any time. Ok, bookshop, too. At least, if it has a coffee shop.
  3. I cannot have enough of Louise Bourgeois.
  4. I’m crazy for Greek olive oil, garlic and tomatoes.
  5. One of my favorite writers is Henry Miller. Another one is Pedro Juan Gutiérrez.
  6. I always have to push myself to dress up. It doesn’t come up naturally 🙂
  7. i.love.Tate.all.Tates.
  8. I think people should smile more 🙂
  9. I’m pissed when somebody would say I’m intense. But I’m intense and trying really ‘intensely’ to be so, too. (bonus: I never lost the teenage  desire of schoking, sorry! but I work on hiding it)
  10. I have a ‘thing’ for both Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon.
  11. Meeting my partner was the best thing happening to me 🙂

And now I get to ask:

  1. What inspired you to start writing a blog?
  2. Do you believe art should be (socially, politically etc) engaged?
  3. Which are your favorite art websites/blogs? (as many as possibile, pls)
  4. What about your favorite artists?
  5. And writers?
  6. How/Where do you find your inspiration?
  7. Which are the things you couldn’t make it without?
  8. What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
  9. What is your biggest achievement?
  10. Which is the biggest criticism you’d be giving to yourself?
  11. If you could turn back time, what you’d be doing differently?

Can’t wait to read your answers!!!

“You were taught by some hugely influential artists at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, such as Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky and Christopher Williams. What did you learn from them?
I learnt different things from each of them. Thomas Ruff taught me to focus completely on one work and to pursue it until it is perfect, although I am not saying I have ever managed to achieve that. He also helped me to see that you have to be just as courageous to finish and then begin something new. I didn’t communicate very much with Christopher Williams, but Andreas Gursky particularly encouraged me to open up and to discuss my work. He also pushed me to try other artistic techniques, outside of photography.

In addition to your former lecturers and mentors, which other photographers have had an impact on your practice?
To be honest, I don’t identify with photographers so much any more. For the past few years, I have felt most inspired by painters. Vija Celmins’ Wüste, Meer und Sterne (2011) at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne was one of the most beautiful shows that I have ever seen. The perfection and reduction in her drawings astonished me and it has made a lasting impression. I have also been affected by Agnes Martin. I love the rhythm in her pieces and the consistency that is apparent in the way she works. Finally, I’d also have to add Gerhard Richter to the list. His small-format painted photographs and his black and white paintings have always made a singular impression on me.”

Full interview here.