NICOLAS PIRATA

Tuesday 8/9/16 time 8:42 AM


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Background as an artist

I'm a Brazilian photographer and video maker. I hold a BFA in Social Communication from UNIMEP, Brazil. In the past I've worked producing feature films and documentaries in Brazil, along with the Núcleo de Cinema de Paulínia. I also co-founded Mariachis Audiovisual, a small production company, and I worked as the production manager and cinematographer for short documentaries and other video works. In 2011 I moved to New York City, and then I begun developing my vision as a photographer. Lately I’ve been creating my portfolio, and working as a freelance photographer.

 

How did you end up choosing your media? 

In school I was immediately drawn to film, particularly cinematography. I began working in small productions, short films, and then feature films as well. But I realized that I needed a better understanding of photography in order to improve as a filmmaker. And then I began shifting to photography. I fist focused on dance photography, and street/documentary. And later on, by finding artists that I admired, I begun creating long exposure photos, and focusing on landscape. This whole process was mostly self-taught, and it happened through research and practice.

 

What do you find as the best and worst sides of being an artist?

For me the best part of being an artist is the chance to express myself and to explore how I can see the word trough a different perspective. I love photography and film, and this admiration made me pursue this life path. But the worst part is understanding the value of my own work. If I value what I do, am I being a narcissist? But what if I don’t? I struggle to find the balance to appreciate my own work while still challenging myself everyday, and accepting failure as a necessary part of the artistic process. 

 

Is this your first time in Finland? What kind of expectations did you have about Finland/ Joutsa?

This is my second time in Finland! The first time that I visited Finland was back in 2013 when I attended Loikka dance film festival in Helsinki to show “Last Stop”, a dance film that I co-directed and created with my partner (and wife) Carol Mendes. As for my expectations, I came here in search for nature and peace, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Joutsa is a lovely place, very quiet and surrounded by beautiful lakes and woods. I’ve been wishing to come back to Finland since my first time here, and I’m a huge enthusiastic of this amazing country, with such educated, kind and welcoming people!  

 

What are the best sides / opportunities in having an art residency? 

The best thing for me is the chance to focus 100% on my work as a photographer and video maker without the interference of problems of the regular day life… like surviving! My last 5 years living in NYC were an exciting and creative time, but there was a lot of pressure to produce work and to have immediate results. This scenario is really overwhelming. I was at a point professionally that I didn’t know for who and why I was creating new work. During my residency here in Haihatus I was able to spend time structuring my work, organizing my material and just reopening my creative mind. 

 

What are your plans after Haihatus?

After Haihatus I’m spending sometime in Lisbon, and I plan to stay here in Europe to grow as an artist and challenge myself as a photographer. I’m currently in touch with some school programs that I’m interested in. I’m working hard to find solutions to live a more international life. It’s a lot of work and research regarding visas, and country mobility. I’m also applying to artistic residencies in different countries, and I’m waiting to see which path will open up ahead of me. 

 

How does Haihatus meet your expectations?

Everything that I was looking for I’ve founded here. It’s really inspiring to live for a period of time in a shared artistic house among very creative people from different countries, cultures, and fields of art. I’m really happy to meet and become friends with other artists in different points of their career. This experience has blown my mind and it opened my eyes to new horizons. There are so many enriching art experiences happening in so many diverse parts of the world, and it’s amazing to see them come together in small town rural Finland. 


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