Sep 30, 2019
Tomasz is a Swiss-Spanish photographer who works mainly with constructed images that reflect his vision and concerns. Questioning western society and the art world, Tomasz creates fictional worlds that are charged with meaning and which we can only decipher if we deconstruct and analyze their multiple layers. In this way, his thoughtful tableaux are both a criticism and a way to make us reflect on our roles in society.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
TF - • Hi Daniel. I’m from Spain but I live in Switzerland since I was a child. I grew up surrounded by mountains in a traditional society. As a young man, I went to university and got a degree in sociology of religions and geography. But I was frustrated by the academic limitations so I decided to study and practice art in a serious way. After a year in art school, I left and continued to learn on my own. I also started working as a barman. Now, I teach art and French in a public school and spend the rest of my time working on my art projects.
am - How did you start in photography?
TF - • When I was a teenager, I painted a lot. I also bought a digital camera as a hobby, shooting friends during parties. I liked the immediacy of the medium, so when I got tired of painting, I naturally became interested in photography.
am - We can see that the images that we are presenting here are like fictional and meditative tableaux, is this correct? What was your intention creating these photographs?
TF - • You’re right. All my photographs are fictional, some of them meditative. I really appreciate documentary photography but for many reasons I prefer to stage pictures. In my “tableaux photographiques” which are aesthetically independent of each other, I try to tell stories in order to question the western society, the art world and the interactions between the art media.
am - What inspires your work?
TF - • Contemporary art of course, but also literature, philosophy, cinema, politics, popular cultures and stories of everyday life.
am - What are your main interests as an artist?
TF - • To use any kind of medium to develop an understandable critical language. I hope to contribute to the enrichment of culture and to fight against all sorts of elitisms.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
TF - • Joan Fontcuberta, Cristina de Middel, Albert Camus, Jeff Wall, Francis Alÿs, Joseph Beuys, Cortis & Sonderegger, Andres Serrano, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Cindy Sherman, Marina Abramovic, René Magritte, Sophie Calle, David Lynch, Roger Ballen and many others.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
TF - • The two last movies I really appreciated are “Roma” by Alfonso Cuarón and “Compañeros” by Alvaro Brechner. An old one would be “Pi” by Darren Aronofsky.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
TF - • It’s probably “Fauna” by Fontcuberta and Formiguera.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
TF - • Thank you for your interest in my work.
All images © Tomasz Fall