QUEER ART(ISTS) NOW @ Archive Gallery

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The  QUEER ART (ISTS) NOW  show is coming to London this Thursday (12 October) and I am very proud to say that Moonlight, one of the photographs part of the ongoing project "Boy In Amber, a tale of love and death and good and evil", will be part of it. 

The show - put together by Andrew Ellerby of And What? Queer Arts Festival and Richard Dodwell of the queer independent press Pilot Press - will feature over 50 artists, performers, writers and makers in a salon-style exhibition, offering a contemporary view on queer art practice in the United Kingdom and, according to Dodwell, "wants to be an unofficial counterpart to the Tate Britain’s Queer British Art show" happened few months ago.

The exhibition will take place from Friday 13 till Sunday 15 October at ARCHIVE GALLERY in the light and spacious vaults of the former Hackney archives, near Haggerston Overground. There will be a private view on 12 October from 6pm open to anyone. I hope I'll see you there!

MOONLIGHT  | London, 2017  Image © Fabio Forin

MOONLIGHT | London, 2017 Image © Fabio Forin


A few weeks ago I got interviewed by CEN8a community interest company based at Goldsmiths University. It's an interesting project that gets the students involved in the production of a monthly newsletter that goes out to a couple hundred people at Goldsmiths. 

My interview is part of a column called 'Ellie Asks' that features interviews with creative industry professionals about how they got to where they are now and how the students could do the same. 

The interviewer, Layla, saw my photograph WING at the National Portrait Gallery when the Taylor Wessing Prize was on show and got in touch to aske me if I wanted to be featured in the column. You can read the interview HERE.

L I M / N A L @ the Gallery Cafe

Last week opened my first solo exhibition in London. It's called L I M / N A L and will be on until the end of April at THE GALLERY CAFE in Bethnal Green. 

The show brings together photographs I took between 2009 and 2016 - predominantly in London, New York and the Middle East - and wants to document the "movement of a man though the last decade of his life" . 

The term "liminal" gained popularity in the late 60s through the writings of anthropologist Victor Turner. It is derived from the Latin limen, which means "threshold" - the bottom part of a doorway that must be crossed when entering a building. 

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "liminal" as "relating to the transitional or initial stage of a process" and, in his studies of rituals, Turner used it to define that moment in which something, somebody, or somewhere was in a state of transition between two defined states. 

Each photograph - along with poems, bits of dialogue or quotes by people who inspired me - is like a diary entry of my life after I moved to London when I was twenty-four and wants to reflect on the natural experience of growing up in which social relationships begin, change and end with the world in a constant flux. 

Even though my work is strongly autobiographical, after curating L I M / N A L I realised that my main preoccupation is to represent something which, despite being unrepresentable, is yet shared by all of us: in such an improvised dance that life is, we are all wearing dancing shoes, all moving through time. 

Here's a quick preview of what you'll find at the Gallery Cafe: 

DEAR BROTHER | Tempelhof, Berlin

DEAR BROTHER   | Tempelhof, Berlin, 2016  Image © Fabio Forin     

DEAR BROTHER | Tempelhof, Berlin, 2016 Image © Fabio Forin  

I flew to a snow-covered Berlin on January the 2nd with Antony – a 27 years old musician from Kent who sings in a band called 'DEAR BROTHER' and rapidly became one of my best friends in London.

'Dear Brother' started playing together in 2014, they recorded their first single last year, shot a video for it and now getting ready to play as many live gigs as possible in the coming months.

“It has been a slow and steady progress” he told me on the plane. “After five years in London I was ready for a break and wanted to go somewhere I could perceive living in” he explained. When some friends found him a spacious and bright room in Neukolln for a month, Berlin seemed his best shot: “The price was so little that I immediately sublet my room in London and went”.

We spent just over a week together there. I remember we often used to walk to Tempelhof park, in Neukolln. Coming from a city such as London where gentrification is slowly "eating" every free square metre available, we were amazed by the fact that a disused airport could be gifted to Berliners as it was - without being pulled down and turned into a building site overnight. During one of our long chats there I said to him: "Cities are pretty much like people: everybody needs a place to think and this city has got its own one".

On my last day in Berlin, which strangely and sadly enough was the day before David Bowie would leave us, I took some time for myself and wrote a letter to my friend Antony. You can read it HERE.


After the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, which opened last Thursday at the National Portrait Gallery in London, my work will be exhibited at the A3 Gallery in Moscow too as part of the ALIENATION art show. Very proud of seeing JUAN — one of the three photographs included in the exhibition — being picked for the official poster designed to promote the event. 

The A3 Gallery's press release, roughly translated from Russian, reads: 

« The exhibition 'ALIENATION' will be on at the A3 Gallery from 24 November till 4 December. It features artworks by 37 artists from all sorts of backgrounds and many different countries - England, Russia, Germany, Canada, Italy, South Korea and Serbia among the others. 
'ALIENATION' is a touring exhibition that has been on show in London, New York, Philadelphia and that, after Moscow, will head to Athens — with additions from new artists stop after stop. 
The exhibition explores the importance of the state of our physical form and the various layers of our psyche, along with the way it responds to the changes of out environment. The main concept behind the artworks is how our social environment alienates us — as individuals or groups — and how sometimes it is us who choose to distance ourselves from that very environment. »