Exhibited artist

Born in 1986 in Caracas, Venezuela. Lives and works in Byron Bay, Australia. Francisco Tavoni uses photography as a way to collectively understand the power of affection. He addresses the ego and the generation of identity as a process that can –and furthermore should– occur within the body instead of outside of it, without the predominance of outer patterns. Tavoni sustains himself in this realm where genuine identity is formed, in the depths of oneself, where no exterior norms apply.

Hailing from Venezuela, Tavoni has traveled earth to find authenticity in identity, moving across various different bodily shapes, regardless of gender, race, or broader cultural background. Humans, he says, are subject to many outside influences that can corrupt what happens within — he then vouches for the search of meaning in separate processes from that which is socially accepted or even pushed to the forefront of society.

In his images, veiled by delicate fabrics, human forms connect unbound by the confines of identity. With his nouveau lighting technique, light is absorbed to reveal the inner patterns of the fabric – metaphorically the apex in which human beings interact. The amber and polka-dotted setting of his images point at once to his hometown of Caracas as well as to the Bundjalung country in Australia where Tavoni resides since 2011.

In Tavoni’s work, subtle tactile gestures coexist with movement, dance, and choreography in images that lack the traditional signifiers of identity, to speak of the broader strength of embracing humanity, free from the boundaries of imposed stereotypes.

2023 — ‘Portals Of Light’, Black—Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2023 — ‘Sentient Beings’, ATM Gallery, NYC
2023 — ‘Retratos del Sonido’, adhesivo contemporary, CDMX
2022 —‘Temet Nosce’ Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne 2021 ‘Identidad’, 1000 Museum, Miami, USA
2021—‘Encuentro’ UNIQ, Mexico D.F.
2020—‘Identidad Cultural’ Espace Coultoures, Saint-Gervais, Paris, France
2019—‘No Identidad’ Kaya’s Boutique, Lisbon, Portugal

2022—‘High Voltage’ Nassima Landau Fundation, Tel Aviv (forthcoming)
2022—‘Autorretratos’ Próxima, Caracas ‘One’, Black Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2022—(with Theo Guedez) Adhesivo Contemporary Paris (forthcoming), France
2017—‘La Mujer’ (with Jess Cochrane) Studio Trópico, Byron Bay, Australia

2016 — Bachelor of Film and Lighting, SAE University, Australia
2013 — Deploma of Photography, TAFE, Australia

2023 — ARTNET: 7 Questions for Francisco Tavoni on Finding Inspiration in Nightclubs and the Studio Accident That Changed His Photography Practice
2022 — ARTSY: profile by Dr. Ashley Crawford (forthcoming) ARTNET: ‘Spotlight: Australia-Based Photographer Francisco Tavoni Creates Luminous Portraits Informed by Meditation and Philosophy’ by Katie White
2022 — EL UNIVERSAL: ‘Una generación sin arraigos construye su propia identidad’ by Juan Antonio González
2022 — MUSEE MAGAZINE: Weekend Portfolio: Francisco Tavoni


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