2Fik is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist who uses art as a way to question his own identity and twist it. His video installation Le Jugement Dernier will be shown on February 26 as part of the Art Souterrain section of Montreal’s Nuit Blanche. 2Fik often appears multiple times in different guises in his photographs. His recurrent characters end up embodying real individuals to whom the artist gives a complete identity: personality, age, sex, origin, occupation and interests. These figures are related to each other. They arise from the universe and life experiences of the artist. (Photo by Valerie Sangin)
1. Cindy & Nan
Misses Sherman and Goldin are two of my main interests and inspirations regarding photography and self-portraiture. Their approach to the body, their intimacy and femininity attracts me. The simple concept of using your body to create isn't as easy at it seems. Transforming yourself or showing your body to pass a message needs a lot of bravery and will. When I see Marina Abramovic or Orlan pushing the boundaries of human capacity to create, I deeply feel that women are the ones to follow. Maybe I say this because I'm a male who considers himself very sensitive to the whole feminist approach...
2. The great paintings
My next photo exhibition is based on the great paintings that I'm recreating. The twist is that the characters in my pieces are the ones I created so all those scenes happen in the 21st Century with contemporary matters and questioning. This work is fascinating because it requires a lot of research about the political, historical and esthetical contexts of those pieces. From Manet's Le déjeuner sur l'herbe to de La Tour's Cheat with the Ace of Clubs, the paintings that I chose all have a strong message that links to my questioning about identities and a person's evolution.
3. Accessible art
My idea of art is one of accessibility and simplicity. If people cannot have access to art, art should go to them. That's why I'm always in projects involving public spaces such as Art Souterrain, where I will show a video installation. Projects with schools, museums, reach-out projects or festivals are always good to democratize art, which is, in the end, a great weapon of sensibilisation and education.
I recently read an article about Andrej Pejic. This man is described as the most androgynous model that the industry has seen to date. It's true that his features are very tricky and you cannot tell in a second which gender he is. But, in the end, does it matter? What I think is fascinating is the whole media buzz around this human being who is able to represent all the needs of the fashion industry at the same time: lean and tall as a night gown sketch with a remarkable face and a femininity that tackles the man that he physically is. I've always been interested in the idea of being able to go from one gender to another, back and forth, whenever you needed to.
5. Could it be magic?
I don't how this song found itself on my computer. The melody and the sexiness of this song is literally addictive, transcendent. The way Donna Summer's voice is shivering is delicious. The last minute of this song is a magnificent little death.
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