Monday, June 6, 2011



noun (pl. symbioses) Biology an interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association,
especially to the advantage of both.
– origin C19 : mod. L. , from Gk sumbiosis ‘living together', from sumbioun ‘live together', from sumbios ‘companion'.


I started making these photocompositions to censor graffiti writers and street artists who were worried about the exposure of their faces on the Internet in pictures taken while they were committing vandal acts and other criminal activities.

Not only the artists were happy with the result, but also graffiti lovers and street art enthusiasts truly enjoyed these digital collages; and both encouraged me to make more.
So I started travelling to the artists' studios and workplaces to take portrait pictures of them in their natural habitat, surrounded by their tools and weapons, and making more elaborate compositions to deeply integrate them with their characters.

I started with my friends, then friends of friends, and finally artists I had never met before but whose work I also admired; not only street artists and graffiti writers, but also painters, graphic designers, illustrators, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers, and other specimen. The type of people who are creating pieces of art behind the scenes; artists who install their work on the street without asking for permission; graphic designer who create amazing illustrations for clients without being credited in the final campaign. I believe it is important to document the existence and environment of these artists, as it is very easy to find their works around the city, but it is not so easy to find information about the person behind it.

This project could not exist without all the people who opened the doors of their houses, studios and workplaces,and let me capture a moment of their life, trusting my skills to preserve their anonymity.
Thanks to them for taking part in this experiment and for offering themselves to become mutants happily.

This is a lifetime project, I can always meet and discover some new and incredible people who deserve to be portrayed and merged with their creations to update and improve this freak show.

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