A film by Guilherme Guimaraes
Fabiano Rodrigues was born in Santos, São Paulo, 1974. He approached photography through skateboarding, first appearing in photographs as a professional skateboarder, while performing maneuvers through out Brazil and Europe. The interest in composition, in motion capture and architecture, propelled him to photograph other skaters in the city, so as to be recognized both as a photographer and as a skater. In search of a language capable of accomplishing his expressive and performatic ambitions, Fabiano has been developing since 2010 his own research of self-portraits, all clicked through his skateboard performances.
Shooting with a Hasselblad camera using a remote control, he records the apex of his own motion in a previously planned framework. These photographs are always one off prints, exploring the history and repertoire of skateboarding movements, particularly its relationship with the city, its architecture and urban furniture.
In his choices of locations, there is a special interest for architectural landmarks, such as buildings designed by the renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Fabiano was awarded Banco Espírito Santo Acquisition Prize in 2012 and 2013 consecutively, having two of his works donated to the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo Collection, which were further showed at the exhibition: Arte Contemporanea Brasileira in Estação Pinacoteca.
His artistic relationship with this institution provided Fabiano with the opportunity to create a series of photos and maneuvers inside the museum, proposing a new exchange of body interaction and outlook, with the award-winning revitalization project, by yet another renowned architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha.
From this experience, followed a series of skateboarding and photographs taken within Art Institutions, such as The MALBA,Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, MAC São Paulo, Poznan, Cultural Centre in Poland.