David Favrod, ‘Le bunker’, 2012, PHOTO IS:RAEL

A few weeks after the explosion of the atomic bomb, scientists saw that the ash of the bomb had discolored the walls that were still standing. The bomb had left marks corresponding to the projections of objects, bodies and street furniture, like a photographic projection. The heat due to heat radiation made visible shadows on the ground. Shadows could be a man who stood at the time of the tragedy and had somehow ‘protected’ the wall from the bomb. It was the same with a ladder, a valve or pylons of a bridge.

About David Favrod

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.

b. 1982, Kobe, Japan, based in Switzerland

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