ENG - Lara Zankoul: Beneath The Surface of Life - Art-Facto.Today

ENG - Lara Zankoul: Beneath The Surface of Life - Art-Facto.Today

ENG - Lara Zankoul: Beneath The Surface of Life - Art-Facto.Today

Lara Zankoul

Lara Zankoul

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Cindy Carla Voitus: You used to work in economics. How did you fall in love with photography? What were you first shooting about?
Lara Zankoul:
I fell in love with photography very early in my life. I was also mathematically and scientifically oriented, and the mentality of taking a job with a lot of stability was quite prominent. That's how I ended up working in economics. However, I started practicing photography during that same time period in my life, and my passion kept growing until I was able to do a full-time switch and make it my career.

Rotten Beauty - Lara Zankoul

Landing in Ayyam made me take my art more seriously and I started challenging myself more and more. This reflected on my work, which began with other golden opportunities, like exhibitions and workshops. With photography the challenge is always endless, there is always room for growth and development.

CC: You define yourself as a conceptual photographer. What kind of ideas do you strive to convey through your art?
LZ: What I strive to do is to have my photographs tell the story instead of just documenting a moment. There is a lot of importance in symbolism, and the ideas that invite the viewer to reflect on their own reality and states of mind, feelings, and things relating to psychology. Rotten Beauty - Lara Zankoul

CC: Is "Rotten Beauty" your most

recent series? Could you tell us a bit more about it? LZ: I really enjoyed working on the "Rotten Beauty" photos. It's a work in progress and I still have a few photos to take to complete the series. It has a lot to do with the current garbage crisis the people in Lebanon are facing, but also can take broader dimensions about humanity. The political connotation to the series is the prevalence of the garbage crisis in a country where appearances play a major role in society. The plastic humans portrayed in the series have an empty or arrogant look and are the subject of attraction of the flies, and we know that they are usually attracted by garbage. The following quote by Norman Cousins ​​also portrays the meaning behind the series: "The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live". The flies, in this case, would be attracted to the rotten part of us.

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CC: You are from Lebanon. Is your culture an influence for your creative process? Where else do you draw inspiration from?
LZ: The lovely thing about inspiration for me personally is that I can find it anywhere. It can come from something as simple as an everyday experience to something as complex as human behavior and psychology. Frennemies - Lara Zankoul

CC: Have


/ strong> Oh, definitely! First of all, I think pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is a necessary step for any artist. It really makes you test your limits and see what you're capable of doing, and what else you need to work on. I'd say "The Unseen" was the first time I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone. Implementing this idea I had in mind for months was a big challenge, I was scared it would not work out, it was a risk I am taking but sometimes the greater the risk, the greater the glory.

LZ: Anything that challenges me further and stimulates my creativity.

CC: What kind of projects are you going to participate in during 2016?

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