In the run-up to Art Trade, we introduce the participating artists by asking them some questions. Today: photographer Laura Andalou, who's always looking for adventure.
What does an artist do throughout the day?
'During the day I work at a medical NGO, which keeps the balance perfectly between my creative and rational side. The beauty of combining the two is that they have a love for humanitarian affairs & human rights in common. I’m always looking for new ways to travel, go on adventures, to see the world and to tell and show stories that need to be told, or moreover, need to be heard and seen.'
Which artwork (well-known or unknown) do you wish you had made?
'I wouldn’t say I wish I would’ve made it, but I’m in love with the work of Richard Mosse. He represents to me a whole new level of using and combining art, photography / film techniques and storytelling. Most people might know him for his magenta coloured project about the conflict in the DR of Congo. I admire the way he used his art for getting much needed focus on a forgotten war. I hope someday I’m able to combine the beauty of art and the knowledge of techniques to create awareness for certain stories the way he does.'
Why do you think Art Trade is a good idea?
'In a time where the world is about to fall due to the love for money - environment, politics, human rights, animal rights, our health (mentally and physically): all are affected by greed – I fully support an idea that is based on a more thoughtful way of buying art. It's a way to let people think more thoroughly about the worth, actually putting in some effort to purchase a piece of art. It's much more in balance.'