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ALEX FAKSO – Show Off

Digital Print on vinyl on reclaimed print on board
49 x 58 cm, 2018

Artist info

Alex Fakso

Alex Fakso (b. 1977) is an Italian street photographer and artist based in London. He started out as a graffiti and skateboard photographer in the early 90s in Italy. His interest in photography led to studying it at the Arts Institute of Cittadella in Italy. Over the years, he has broadened his horizon and now takes photos with analog as well as digital cameras, yet all coined by his own particular style. He has internationally known and appreciated, both for the commissioned work and for its solo exhibition, thanks to his untiring ability to experiment and always be a step forward. Alex Fakso’s intrinsic aim is to produce compelling and dramatic images where the silent protagonists are graffiti writers juxtaposed to train depots and underground tunnel sceneries. In recent years, his work has begun destroying the aesthetics and meaning of images, thanks to the use of waste objects focusing on transforming photographs into rare and unthinkable artworks. His interest is always in showing humans in a personal way. His books Heavy Metal and Fast Or Die dive deep into alien landscapes and capture with raw authenticity, revealing the vivid atmosphere and sensations of a parallel world that breaths and moves through the darkest bends of our cities. Fakso reconstructs the underground epic of a handful of credible dreamers who communicate only with each other, regardless of praise or criticism. His works have been published in magazines such as Rolling StoneViceXplicit Grafx and Corriere della Sera. He has taken part in numerous group and solo exhibitions from the United Kingdom to Italy and all over Europe, from Barcelona to Hong Kong to Moscow as well as spending several months in Tokyo, São Paulo, and Los Angeles.

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Alex Fakso’s latest production aims to question photography in its canonical and classical forms.

In recent years, his work began destroying the aesthetics and meaning of images thank to the use of waste objects, focusing on transforming photographs into original, non-reproducible artworks.

In this series, the concept of photography is completely unhinged by the parameters and rules that traditionally characterize it and during this process it is transformed: the plan in two dimensions becomes matter and takes shape in its three dimensions by modeling itself on the canvases and frames that act as a support.

Using works borrowed from an obsolete past, the artist aims to reclaim material that has lost its value over time. These pieces become the support on which to built a new vision. The new gain space for itself and covers the old with violence and absolute rigor.

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