CONTEMPORARY ART REVIEW
R icardo Fasanello Lives in Rio de Janeiro and works around the world
n the series FLUXUS, the element water is the connecting shaft between the two worlds. In addition to acting as a link, water is a transforming agent creating images of two different realities. Working as a filter, water, acts to create images that are in between the worlds, a fine line of both concepts portrayed in this Project. Creating different realities always connected with a particular perspective, where the viewer feels in one of the two worlds but are not sure which is false or what is true. With images verging surrealism, this work design issues about our relationship with the water and with the world around us. In addition to our connection with our own existence, after all we live our first nine months involved in liquid. This project was all photographed with film and medium format camera. The search for language has always been a determining factor in my work. Even as I worked in Editorial and Advertising, my intention was that this signature became apparent in the work itself as well as in the trajectory of the process in which the work comes to life. My Photography is romantic, simple, lyric, yet direct. One finds traces of sophistication, which are derived from the technical precision with which the work is produced, but it is, in essence, pure. The identity of an organic and sensitive language is, undoubtedly, the force of a work, which is confronted at all times between the technique and the message. The power of images lies in their substance, in the rhetoric of beauty and the force of contradiction, an expressive mark of my work.
Son of renowned furniture designer Ricardo Fasanello, he discovered his passion for photography at the age of fifteen as he contemplated the pictures his mom, a lover of this art form as herself, took from the pieces designed by his father in their studio in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa in Rio. At the age of twenty, Fasanello choose to embark on a four month long bicycle voyage which took him form Rio to San Francisco, CA, rather than attending college in Rio, a decision he considers to have given him the equivalent of a Bachelors and Masters Degree in terms of the experiences and knowledge he was able to acquire. In 1988 Fasanello began his career as a photojournalist working for Jornal do Brasil, where he worked for four years, until moving to New York in 1992. There, he worked as an assistant photographer to professionals such as Christopher Von Hoenberg, Claudio Edinger, until later becoming an associate photographer to Henry Bull Studio. Back in Brazil in â€™94 he co-founded Strana, producing material for such Editorial Publications as; der Spiegel, Biography Magazine, Paris Match, Elle, Marie Claire, Veja, Ă‰poca, Vizoo, among others. In this time he also worked as correspondent to the, now extinct, French agency Gamma. Always a gypsy at heart, Fasanello decides to embark on yet another voyage in the late 90s moving to Cuba for six months and taking the opportunity to completely rethink his approach as well as his own perception of the medium in which he had developed his work. Since then he has developed several essays worldwide, in which the search for a sense of contradiction inside the image is always present.