Director of NOOR Images and the NOOR Foundation, Stefano Carini converses with Sowvital Chief of Editorials, Kimberly Glassman.
Working started almost by chance, if you believe in such a thing. I needed work after the pandemic had put a stop to many of my projects. When Jack reached out for assistance with a project in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, I pounced on it.
Kurdistan has been home to me for some time, so much of my life is intertwined with the place that I felt it was an experience that developed naturally. Jack and I understood each other, and I was given freedom to imagine and propose my own ideas for the project. I loved that, and I wish that working relationships would all be based on that concept: creative people need trust and freedom to imagine.
My work with Sowvital was different from other commercial projects I had worked on; in a way it was liberating.
I personally see art, botany and technology as being intrinsically intertwined with one another. Botany offers an extremely wide range of possibilities to tackle issues of our times: plants are key elements for our planet and its well being, and embracing plant welfare would do us a great deal of good.
I see artwork as a political act at its core: art then will (or at least should) play an essential role in our future if we are to survive. Art and botany together can create very powerful forms of expression and communication. When you add the immense power of technology into the mix, which we have just started to discover, we have in our hands all we need to solve our problems.
The question is: do we want to solve the problems, or do we prefer to profit from them?
I don’t think I have a particular style. I am a multidisciplinary artist, working with a variety of media, tools, techniques, and materials. My approach is always tailored to the story and the content at hand. I embraced the Sowvital philosophy easily as I am a free thinker who approaches subjects and issues with an open heart and mind. I define my style as based on the people I meet, the issues I tackle, and the subjects I portray. Once I feel a connection with my subject, the rest comes easily.
I am inspired by people who do things with passion, dedication and integrity, aiming to the highest quality possible, who refuse to adapt, and who manage not to lose perspective, but who instead remain true to themselves throughout the process.
Do you have a life or work motto?
I wouldn’t say I have a motto. Rather one thing I tell myself and my children: everything seems impossible until we can imagine it; then it becomes possible, and often attainable.