When I visit Fabiano at his studio, he explains that power relations have always interested him. Originally trained as civil engineer, the artist from João Pessoa, a city on the east coast of Brazil, decided to dedicate himself to art. In his works, he depicts mainly men who are in important positions, company executives or politicians, in the world of money and political power. He finds his inspiration in the poses of influential figures in magazines, newspapers, photographs and even in videos of the auctions houses Christie‘s and Sotheby‘s, while people are bidding for expensive artworks. In his pieces, he combines the people and gestures in a way that interconnects them with each other and thereby reveals specific distributions of power, as in the series “O Manipulador“ (The Manipulator - 2008).
#23 from the series O Manipulador - 2009
At times, Fabiano also works with collage, as in the series “Desenhos Secretos“ (Secret Drawings - 2004-2009), addressing the different layers that are involved in these power relations: He cuts the drawings that he makes on translucent paper and superimposes the single pieces over one another by experimenting with a projector to produce different effects and constellations.
"O acordo - o percurso" from the series Desenhos Secretos - 2009
Recently, Fabiano started to transform the aesthetics and elements of his drawings to films he refers to as “videodesenhos“ (video drawings), such as the work “RDS #03 - Do Sujeito / Localização / Ruído“ (About the Subject / Localisation / Noise - 2010). Creating the effect of moving images and collage at the same time, Fabiano invents fictional worlds in which he places his subjects. While the image flickers, the videos oscillate between deconstructing and reinforcing power relations in an uncertain timely and spatial dimension.