Vicki DaSilva macht Lightwriting with a message, das FormatMag hat ein Interview mit ihr am Start. (Und bevor jetzt wieder jemand in den Comments mit „Obama-Hype“ und „nervt“ und sowas anfangen will, this one's for you: Ich weiß.)
Format: Your ‘Graffiti’ photographs really seem to capture the subversive nature that surrounded that culture in the ‘80s. What drew you to graffiti as a subject for your photographs?
Vicki DaSilva: I moved to NYC in 1983 during the birth of hip-hop culture. Graffiti artists were a huge part of that movement, as we all know, and so was the mega artist Keith Haring. He pretty much single handedly merged street art with traditional blue chip art. I knew Keith from a fellow student at Kutztown University that grew up with him there. We all landed in NYC in the early 80s. It was so powerful and exciting! I had already been drawing and writing with light while in art school, so the move to NYC just perpetuated the act of making graffiti with light. My first photographs ever published were light graffiti images. They were the centerfold of the East Village Eye newspaper in 1983.
I have recently been inspired to get back into serious writing for serious causes as well as a way of expressing social and political commentary in locations that are off limits to any form of traditional graffiti, such as the White House. Light graffiti lends itself beautifully to free expression and freedom of speech, as it can never be considered vandalism, as it exists for the camera only. (Format Mag)