David Favrod

born 1982

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David Favrod

born 1982

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Ever-present within David Favrod's photography is the question, "who am I?" Born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Swiss father and raised in Switzerland, Favrod has consequently questioned his place in the world and strived to define his identity, ultimately shunned by a rejection for dual citizenship when he turned 18. Favrod was inspired to create his own version of Japan in Switzerland through his “Gaijin” series—literally, "foreigner"—that combines childhood memories with clichés of Japanese culture and stereotypical elements of Switzerland. In fictional scenes, like a self-portrait of the artist painted with Japanese koi fish scales and submerged in a bathtub, or depictions of supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore, Favrod explores the obstacles of his identity through narratives derived from dreams and readings, as well as a constant need to both question and escape.

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Ever-present within David Favrod's photography is the question, "who am I?" Born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Swiss father and raised in Switzerland, Favrod has consequently questioned his place in the world and strived to define his identity, ultimately shunned by a rejection for dual citizenship when he turned 18. Favrod was inspired to create his own version of Japan in Switzerland through his “Gaijin” series—literally, "foreigner"—that combines childhood memories with clichés of Japanese culture and stereotypical elements of Switzerland. In fictional scenes, like a self-portrait of the artist painted with Japanese koi fish scales and submerged in a bathtub, or depictions of supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore, Favrod explores the obstacles of his identity through narratives derived from dreams and readings, as well as a constant need to both question and escape.

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