Nat Urazmetova – BA (Hons) Photography
Nat Urazmetova studied BA (Hons) Photography at London College of Communication, graduating in 2009.
What made you choose that particular course?
My interest in image-making, and aspiration to deepen my knowledge of art theory and photography.
Where are you from in the world?
What are you working on/where are you working at the moment?
I’m primarily exploring the intersection of image and sound (directing and producing music videos, and doing live visual performances), and contributing to SOME/THINGS STUDIO as video-maker and photographer.
Can you describe a recent project?
It’s an ongoing, long-standing, yet evolving and growing audio-visual collaboration with the musician Ulrich Schnauss: we are touring together, and I’m responsible for a live visual accompaniment to his concerts and production of a few music videos. Besides, I have long-term goals to advance more in the realm of moving image and cinema, and expand my artistic practice into the fields of installation/mixed-media, and to experiment with synthesised sound.
Please tell us about the approaches, techniques and tools, you use in your work.
Predominantly, my approach is rooted in the idea of complex and metamorphosing sensation and in fascination with the immersive environments/auras and disturbing, uncanny moods. I like the idea of process, of the art-works which are evolving and going beyond the ‘facade’: the ones which are intellectually challenging and triggering multiple senses yet doing it in a very oblique way. In my artistic practice, I strive to combine reasonably ‘quiet’ surface with powerful contents. However, I also have an enormous passion for sound, live visual performance and, for the things, which are dynamic and sometimes spontaneous. Talking about the tools, most of the work is getting done digitally nowadays, though I still use analogue camera occasionally. The light remains the main tool – literally and metaphorically.
How did your experience at LCC contribute in structuring your career?
I consider experience at LCC as a first step on the ladder with the long-term effects. Essentially, it encouraged me to continue education after BA and to obtain a Master’s degree. It also exposed me to the new mediums, such as moving image and sound, triggered interest in the different work methods and techniques, and hence unlocked new possibilities of embracing and transmitting the ideas.
What did you enjoy most about LCC?
The teaching approach and communication with the tutors, the library and darkroom facilities.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
Don’t lose curiosity, don’t be afraid to experiment and do more than the required by the programme of studies.