Here’s a focus on five of the readers’ favourite discoveries, presented in March 2021 on Fisheye’s website: Robin Lopvet, Wiktoria Wojciechowska, Pacifico Silano, Charlotte Mariën, and Matthieu Chazal.
1. Robin Lopvet
“For lack of finding a meaning to life, I try to find an absence of meaning, but which still says something”, explains Robin Lopvet. The artist-photographer, and master of Photoshop, makes wild images with a terribly cynical humour. Multi-headed animals, dog faces in the clouds, a duck with a horse’s head… His compositions are all absurd creatures that subvert the rules of plausibility. The artist that claims he is “famous on the internet for having done the meme of the dog in the sandstorm”, redefines the role of photography by taking away all objectivity.
© Robin Lopvet
In 2019, the Polish photographer Wiktoria Wojciechowska began a research project combining installation, photography and performance. With The Study of Traces, her leitmotiv is clear: to create imprints of natural elements on the body. Ephemeral sculptures on the skin, that are as many constructions from nature. “Branches, leaves or grasses symbolise an entanglement with the environment”, says the artist.
© Wiktoria Wojciechowska
Fascinated by the ability images have to evolve over time, visual artist Pacifico Silano is constantly exploring history. In I wish I never saw the sunshine, he makes the iconography of old queer erotic magazines his own and weaves a complex narrative between symbolic riots and personal grief.
© Pacifico Silano
With an intense black and white experimental approach, the Belgian photographer Charlotte Mariën tears out of the night almost allegorical figures. They reach out and invite us to question the role of the photographic image.
© Charlotte Mariën
Matthieu Chazal, a traveller, poet and photographer, created his Chronicles in Iran. A collection of black and white wanderings captured on film, freezing his impressions of a territory as beautiful as it is mysterious. At the heart of this intriguing country, he explores and tackles various themes, notably the gendered division of public space. A solitary journey, which takes us away from the routine of everyday life. Interview.
© Matthieu Chazal
Cover picture: © Robin Lopvet