Margherita Chiarva, a <br> New Approach to Photography

Margherita Chiarva, a
New Approach to Photography

Margherita Chiarva has always done things differently. Originally from the Piedmont, the photographer was born in and is still a resident of Milan, dividing her life between her home city and Ibiza. These are two hugely inspiring locations which contribute to an imagination which she enjoys bringing to her shots. Blurred lines are the result of chemical work and characteristic of her. Her reality. Like a bridge between two worlds which she alone can document. Margherita Chiarva’s photographs are works of art in themselves. Coloured stains almost seem to want to devour the gauze strip or pure cotton paper on which they lie. Inks, tempera, re-printing: beauty turned tactile, tangible. Striking. Such that you could lose yourself in it. The shifting creativity expressed by Margherita Chiarva is intrinsically like her. Feminine, energetic and free. An idea that the artist seems to confirm as she reveals a bohemian interior brimming with family and antique items. We’re overtaken by envy and walk barefoot as if to immerse ourselves a little more in her daily life. Our soles come into contact with rugs, jute and a sparkling parquet before meeting the granite texture of the terrace. We feel deeply alive, wrapped in the scent of mint and various herbs including rosemary which mingle in the Milanese air. An intoxicating sensation which will never leave us. A garden of a thousand delights. When we are at Margherita Chiarva’s, all is well.

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Margherita Chiarva, a <br> New Approach to Photography
Margherita Chiarva, a <br> New Approach to Photography

Margherita, could you tell us about yourself, please?

 

Margherita

I was born in Milan but my parents are from Piedmont and I grew up in Milan and Ibiza. I travelled to various cities around the world before opening my photographic studio in the bedroom a year ago and setting up home here for the moment.

 

What do you do for a living?

Margherita

I’m a photographer and I work using old methods of development and chemical manipulation on film.

 

Where do you get your inspiration from?

 

Margherita

Inspiration can and should vary. I find it when I’m walking on a beach, in my darkroom or through debates that I might have during interesting conversations.

 

How would you sum up your personality in three words?

 

Margherita

Calm, curious and creative.

What would be a typical day for you?

 

Margherita

My days are punctuated by a routine and small, rather delicious rituals: I get up, I do my exercise and then I go to my photographic studio and that’s where I stay.

 

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Margherita Chiarva, a <br> New Approach to Photography

Where does the furniture come from?

 

Margherita

Different places. Here, even my grandmother’s table has memories of travels. Every object in my apartment has its own story to tell.

 

In which room do you spend most of your time?

 

Margherita

In the kitchen, I suppose! It’s the heart of the house. A sort of small living room where I prepare meals, paint and chat, with a good bottle of wine.

 

Do you feel there’s something missing in your home?

 

Margherita

At the moment, I don’t think there’s anything missing, but I’m sure I could find something!

 

Which is your favourite design period?

 

Margherita

I love the eclecticism of the Art Deco period. A mix of influences that are so different from each other! They range from primitive art to the use of lacquer, with geometry and colours that, together, generate an original and elegant style.

 

Do you have a good restaurant to recommend to us in Milan?

 

Margherita

For lunch, Da Luigi. They have an amazing menu. From vitello tonnato to Milanese cutlet: everything is perfectly cooked.

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I love the eclecticism of the Art Deco period. A mix of influences that are so different from each other!

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