If Trump would like to buy some of your art would you sell it?
Faber Franco is a Colombia-based artist who has studied fine arts and graphic design leading him all the way to becoming a photographer.
This combination of skills from seemingly different spheres finds its way to unusual projects that present reality in dimensions of photography as opposed to drawing. The combination of the worlds of perception, at times, creates a sense of unease and leaves you figuring out the realm of the protagonist in the work.
Hi Faber, how are you doing today?
I’m cold, thanks for asking.
Where did you grow up? Tell us about the place.
I grew up in Manizales (Colombia) in a working-class district. Manizales is a city in the middle of the Andes mountain range. There are different kinds of landscapes. One of them is a landscape full of mountains that have different shades of green and a lot of trees. Another landscape is the more urban one, where you can see how houses fill the whole mountain.
It appears that graphic design and photography or arts are skills that a creator today learns to combine. What do you think about that? What is a synergy between those two?
For me, the relationship between graphic design and photography or arts is very important. Knowing different ways of creating might help you be freer when communicating ideas. That’s to say that graphic design helps me to diversify how I communicate myself and how I create a broader aesthetic language.
What can drawing bring to photography? Tell us about the idea of ‘Derivando Contenidos’.
‘Derivando Contenidos’ is a project created to apply to an art call in 2017. The project shows a series of photographs that are next to a drawing. The photos were collected during three months and they are the result of a search for everyday life beauty. The drawings emerge from the abstraction, decomposition and synthesizing of the photos.
Who is this photographer who has inspired you throughout the years? Why?
I don’t have a photographer who has inspired me the whole time I’ve been into photography. The photographer who motivated me when I started is not the same artist who moves me now. As I change everything that influences me changes too.
A lot of artists struggle with their creative process. Is that right about you as well?
Yes, of course. When I feel like I’m struggling I try to relax and watch random videos and images that are appealing to me.
You are exploring the elements of the human body and its movement in your works. What does a human body mean to you?
"A human body is the main tool to communicate, create and know. Everything has the intermediation of the human body. Even objects and spaces, that are also topics that I touch upon in my work, have in their construction the implicit participation of the human body".
Tell us a bit about your occupation, what do you do for a living?
"I’m an artist and I sell my drawings, paintings, and photographs and work as a freelance photographer too".
What is a work that you have created you would suggest a person should see? What is special about it?
This is a very difficult question. I don’t think I have a suggestion for any person, I think I could suggest something, in particular, depending on who the person is and what are his/her interests.
Is there a genre of photography that you want to incorporate in your works in the future? Can you explain, please?
In my future works, I’d like to incorporate the documental genre of photography, as I’d like to explore how to tell other people’s stories.
Static or dynamic?
You have works which topic is a self-portrait. What did you discover about yourself through the lens?
I’ve realized how important my body is in my work. I’ve discovered there’s a difference between how I perceive myself and how others see me. When I create something, including my self-portraits, I’m not completely conscious of the idea or feeling they represent. However, even if I’m not aware of these ideas or feelings, they manage to get across and touch those who see my work.
Film or digital? Why?
Film. Colors and textures are special and for me they’re more beautiful.
What is your next challenge?
I don’t know.