On November 30, the program ‘Jo soc Erasmus’ was broadcasted on Channel 2 of RTVE (Spanish Broadcasting Corporation), a report about my year as an Erasmus student, an excellent opportunity to tell my story, my interest in architecture and photography, the reasons why I chose Barcelona, first as a city to live my Erasmus experience, and then as a city to settle in.
Last February 2020, Marcela Grassi was interviewed by Mamagazine, a digital magazine in which to find honest, intimate and brutal stories about motherhood (and fatherhood too).
Through testimonies of generous and brave women (and men) they will distil a new broth full of nuances, an account of the impact of motherhood on our bodies, on our minds and in our days.
From Marcela Grassi, I would like to start by talking about the sincerity of her work. When we chose as the cover image of Oscar Niemeyer‘s MAC Niteroi, one of those architect-characters who always evoke epic narrations of architecture, we called Marcela to tell her that the image was not perfect and had some noise, Marcela commented: Yes, that’s right, because I taked a scaning to digitized it and in process there had been some loss. She told us that the image was important because it was one of the first, before even moving to digital photography. As it happened with Banksy work a few days ago, we thought that this image increased its value and was even more interesting, to talk about Grassi.
The path of Marcela Grassi in photography is long. From her initial concerns printed by the passion of her grandfather, going through the analogical shots, until eleven years ago, when she switched to digital photography. A trajectory where photography, as she tells us, becomes something natural when it comes to looking at architecture.
Interview with Aleksandar Petrov, published in Porta3 n. 212
1.You have studied architecture at the University of Ferrara (Italy), but now you’re working as a photographer. Why are you more interested in seeing than touching architecture?
It’s a good question. At the beginning I was delighted by the idea of seeing a project of mine being built… thinking about spaces and seeing the interaction of light, people, materials, becoming architecture. Later I understood that I would have to wait a long time before I could see one of my projects constructed. I am an impatient person, and I couldn’t wait! I chose then to play with the architectures of others, to offer my view about how these architectures are relating with the surroundings, with people, materials and light. Photography always enchanted me, it’s present in my family since generations, I’ve started to take pictures when I was ten years old…