David Favrod

David Favrod was born in Kobe in 1982 from a japanese mother and a swiss father. When he was 6 months his family moved to Switzerland. He was raised mainly by his mother, his father travelled for work, and he grew up feeling  as much japanese as swiss, as she taught him the principles of her culture and told him stories about his grandparents, which he also visited several times in Japan. When he was 18 he asked for Japanese dual citisenship but he was denied it. That is how the research about his identity started. «For a Swiss, I am a Japanese and for a Japanese I am a Swiss or rather a gaijin». In the series “Gaijin”, the japanese word for “foreigner”, Favrod explores the quest of his personal self by reproducing japanese traditional elements  and landscapes in Switzerland. He appears with the face painted with Japan traditional colours, with a carbormade samurai dress or immersed in a bathtub with the body painted as a carp, a typical japanese fish. He confuses the viewer by approaching the visual japanese traditions with uncommon elements, symbolizing his lost sense of belonging. His work was awarded bt Aperture Foundation which gave him the 2011 Aperture Portfolio Prize.

© David Favrod

© David Favrod

© David Favrod

© David Favrod

© David Favrod

© David Favrod

© David Favrod

© David Favrod

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