Résidence : Paris
Born in Buenos Aires in 1982.
Lives & Works in Paris.
Nico Silberfaden has spent more than 10 years living and working in the US. In 2007 he graduated from the International Center of Photography's Documentary full-time program and later received a master's degree from the Hartford Limited Art Residency MFA in Photography Program at Hartford University. His photographs have been published and exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world. His work is in private and public collections such as La Maison Blanche in France, and MARQ in Buenos Aires and his first monograph, ‘738’, from images he made while in Los Angeles, was self-published to critical acclaim earlier this year. His second monograph 'CAMILA SAN PEDRO" will be released later this year. He currently teaches undergraduate level photography at Paris College of Art.
Using a large format camera I have been photographing, for the past four years, the urban landscape of Los Angeles. The title ‘738' derives from the building number where I lived, the starting point to my daily photographic excursions. The images revolve around the tension between the idea of longing and belonging somewhere; far into the topography of longing.
This work is about the fabric of what constitutes a place, where spaces, objects and random encounters await to be appropriated with meaning, with a significance that will enable us to find among fragmented territories, a place to call our own.
738 deals not only with the occupation of space but with the space itself, and the idea that it is possible to allude to a deeper social meaning by describing the surface of hings.
Los Angeles gave me the sense of a city of ultimate futility, carrying with it the eerie possibility that it might vanish as quickly as it appeared. While photographing I would walk, in solitude, the same streets over and over again, revealing little by little its beauty deep below the gritty and rugged surface of its streets....