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'Gaijin'

'Gaijin'
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'Gaijin'
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'Gaijin'
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'Gaijin'
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'Gaijin'

'Gaijin'
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'Gaijin'

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© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

'Gaijin'
© ECAL / David Favrod

'Omoide Poroporo'

'Omoide Poroporo'
© ECAL / David Favrod

'Omoide Poroporo'
© ECAL / David Favrod

'Omoide Poroporo'
© ECAL / David Favrod

'Omoide Poroporo'
© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

'Omoide Poroporo'
© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

'Omoide Poroporo'
© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

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© ECAL / David Favrod

'Omoide Poroporo'
© ECAL / David Favrod

'Omoide Poroporo'
© ECAL / David Favrod

'Omoide Poroporo'
© ECAL / David Favrod

'Omoide Poroporo'
© ECAL / David Favrod

'Omoide Poroporo'
© ECAL / David Favrod

Overview

Category

Photography

 

Work

The photo research 'Gaijin' and the photography book 'Omoide Poroporo' (diploma work)

Essay

The Stranger

Gaijin is a Japanese word meaning 'stranger' or 'outsider'. It is also the title of David Favrod's graduation piece, for which he won a Swiss Federal Design Award. David Favrod has a Japanese mother and a Swiss father, and has spent most of his life in Switzerland.

In his atmospheric images, David Favrod explores questions of his own identity and belonging, drawing upon childhood memories and ancestral stories as well as popular and traditional Japanese culture. He captures these aspects lyrically and at times ironically in cleverly composed photographs that mirror a world full of references to clichés and Japanese connotations.

The visual universe of Favrod's photographs presents a profound and compelling reflection on his Japanese identity and the way he relates to Japan. All the images in the 22-part series were created in Switzerland. For Gaijin, this meant that the photographer had to use masks or costumes for his composition. Specifically, it meant that the Samurai warrior (Favrod himself) had to make do with armour made of cardboard. In some of the pictures, Favrod uses no such props: in his painterly landscapes, for instance, the supposedly Japanese aspect is artfully evoked by means of cleverly chosen moods and motifs.

With Gaijin, David Favrod has created his very own Japan in Switzerland. In each picture, the viewer finds a hybrid of both countries. We are irresistibly drawn into Favrod's world of allusion and wit. Astonished and amused in turn, we find ourselves mulling the question of our own identity.
Anna Niederhäuser

Biography

Name

David Favrod

 

Born

1982

Education

Photographer

 

also in

2013


 

Home page

www.davidfavrod.com