Biography


"[T]wo viewpoints to make sense of the world". In this way David Fathi describes his guiding line. Holding a Master's degree in Computer Science, he combines artistic practice and engineering career with the same affinity for science and the limits of knowledge.

His work, be it still or moving image, takes root in various archives and visual databases, depending on the subject, blurring the appropriationist work in the boundaries between documentary and contemporary art. With an intense passion for odd and conflicting facts, David Fathi often tackles them with a biting sense of humor. He hijacks images and reveals gaps and absurdities in the stories he recounts: a subversive visual critique. [...]

David Fathi pulls back the curtain, to open up meaning to what is behind the scenes : to counteract documented proof as much as to create new information. At the crossroads of solemnity, banalty and absurdity, his images assert themselves as political.[...] [M]ight David Fathi be trying to reintroduce a spark of idealism in our current cynicism ?

From document to a politic of image, by Aurélie Cavanna, January 2019


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Selected Solo Shows

2019
The Last Road of the Immortal Woman, Fotofestiwal - Lodz, PL
2018
The Dead Govern the Living, Photo Saint-Germain / Maison Auguste Comte- Paris, FR
The Last Road of the Immortal Woman, BredaPhoto - Breda, NL
2017
Wolfgang, Nucleus, Noorderlicht Festival - Groningen, NL
The Last Road of the Immortal Woman, Les Rencontres d'Arles - Arles, FR
Wolfgang, ou le principe d'exclusion, La Galerie Particulière - Bruxelles, BE
2016
Wolfgang, ou le principe d'exclusion, La Galerie Particulière 2 - Paris, FR

Selected Group Shows

2019
Récits Invisibles, La Chapelle Saint-Jacques - Saint-Gaudens, FR
Vis à Vis, Fotodoks - Lothringer13 - Munich, DE
Little Boy's Luminous Legacies, Lothringer13 - Munich, DE
SCIENCE fictions, Centre Photographique - Rouen, FR
2018
Discoveries of the Meeting Place, Fotofest Biennial - Houston, USA
2017
Privacy and Tranquillity, Presence Festival - Saint Petersburg, RU
Observations, Belfast Exposed - Belfast, UK
Voodoo Gravity, PhotoESPAÑA - Madrid, ES
Archivi del Futuro, Fotografia Europea - Reggio Emilia, IT
Extreme, Les Journées Photographiques - Bienne, CH
2016
Profound Silence, Jimei x Arles - Jimei, CN
Re-Vision, Fotopub - Novo Mesto, SI
Grand Prix Fotofestiwal, Lodz, PL
2015
Prix Levallois, Levallois-Perret, FR
Power & Illusion, Encontros da Imagem, Braga, PT
Money, Les Nuits Photographiques - Paris, FR
Les Rencontres de la Jeune Photographie Internationale, Villa Pérochon, Niort, FR
Evidence, Format Festival, UK
Festival Circulation(s), Paris, FR
2014
Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies, PhotoIreland, Dublin, IR

Awards

2016
Les Recontres d'Arles Photo Folio Review, WINNER
Fotofestiwal Lodz Grand Prix, WINNER,
2015
Conscientious Portfolio Competition, WINNER,
Le BAL prix de la jeune photographie avec l'ADAGP, FINALIST
Prix Levallois, JURY MENTION
Photocaptionist Award, Format Festival, WINNER
2014
Le PhotobookFest Rock Your Dummy Award, WINNER

Monographs

2018
Wolfgang ²nd edition, Skinnerboox (buy here)
2016
Wolfgang, Skinnerboox (sold out)
2015
Anecdotal, Maria Inc. (buy here)