Born in Japan and raised in Switzerland, David Favrod later applied for dual nationality at the Japanese embassy, but was declined. In response, David created a project called Gaijin (“the foreigner” in Japanese), where he channels his feelings of rejection and his desire to understand his Japanese roots: “the aim of this work is to create “my own Japan”, in Switzerland, from memories of my journeys when I was small, my mother’s stories, popular and traditional culture and my grandparents war narratives.”
Japenese symbols are aplenty, from the bonsai tree, to the geisha white face and the iconic Godzilla. You can’t help but chuckle at the sumo wrestler surrounded by a ring of fire (he looks like he is enjoying it), and the man casually watching TV with a creepy Japanese mask on.
- LuckyMe’s Lunice film for Apple Music is a theatrical trip through 90s hip hop videos
- Printed Pages AW17 is now available for pre-order – with exclusive prints, a party and more!
- Tatiana Ermolaeva's coherent “but not too slick” work for the Strelka Bar
- BBC’s David Bailey’s must watch talk for font fanatics from Nicer Tuesdays
- Shin Morae translates her memories into pastel illustrations
- Sarah Meyohas combines virtual reality, 10,000 roses and artificial intelligence in Cloud of Petals
- Peter Funch has photographed the same people on the same street for nine years
- DBLG and Animade’s cheeky stop-motion animation uses human skin and 3D stamps
- “It needed to be functional, a workhorse”: Arket’s in-house team on its brand identity
- Get to know the fluid work of graphic designer, Steffen Hotel
- Fukt magazine presents the erotic drawings of David Shrigley, Tracy Emin and many more
- Poster Girls, an exhibition of 150 female graphic designers opens at London Transport Museum