Emanuele Fiore was born in Turin on 4thOctober 1987. Raised in a modest and traditional Italian family, at the age of 18 he moved to Milan to pursue a career in modelling. In the years that followed he travelled extensively to the world’s fashion hotspots, working for well known magazines and iconic fashion houses.Milan, Tokyo, Paris, London, New York, Miami, Hamburg, Shanghai alternate tightly. Face and body lent for fashion shows of numerous Italian and foreign stylists including Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferrè, Michael Kors and Philippe Plein. Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Men’s Health, GQ, L’Officiel Homme are just some of the advertising campaigns and covers in which he starred in.
Over the years he started working as a photographer, collaborating with major agencies and fashion companies and he founded Fiore Production.
In 2015 he decided to settle down in the land of the free, taking the opportunity to develop his passion for photography, only this time from behind the lens.
As a fashion and advertising photographer, some may consider him a satellite gravitating towards the arts world. But rather more simply he justifies his choice was born out of necessity. These two fields simply allowed him to pursue his real passion: Photography.
Working in the fashion industry and brushing shoulders with the Jet Set, enabled Fiore to become acquainted to a world that we can only glimpse at on the pages of Vogue. Catwalks, impossibly high heels, designer clothes are just the surface of a reality that, upon close inspection, hides much more.
In this World lavishness dominates, the objectified body becomes an instrument for personal gain, and money is everything.
His shots are minimalistic, simple and provocative. Some may say excessively so. His style recognizable at a quick glance. Irony, glamour and subversive ideals all merge in his artwork often judged as transgressive. He oscillates between condemnation and disarming honesty in his interpretation of today’s society.
The photos are taken in a natural environment in which the artist himself is laid bare. On both sides of the lens.
And where photography in not enough, painting completes the picture. He plays with a variety of medias, every image seeks to denounce a society where nepotism and favors define who you are; in a dog-eat-dog world where survival of the fittest is the daily mantra. Every media is good to experiment, every image to denounce a society in which knowledge and recommendations define who you are; in an omnivorous world full of conditioning in which you either prove to be the strongest, by any means necessary, or you are crushed.
A project that combines art, design, photography, environment and the desire for redemption; that creates a juxtaposition between denunciation and drawings sometimes of child like simplicity, to draw attention to social and cultural contemporary issues. Themselves only the tangible symptoms of wider malaise and man’s internal conflict.
TO KNOW YOUR ENEMY, YOU MUST BECOME YOUR FIRST ENEMY
Hustle is a disturbing photographic collection, with an overarching theme of cynicism and harsh reality. The frames are simple and direct, to produce immediate impact, and communicate a clear and sometimes disarming message.
The scenes in his artwork are real, in which the artist who created them lays himself bare in surreal settings. Behind the subjects in the photos, the artist is lashing out against the contradictions, fakeness and narcissism of American society: us, ready to do anything in order to reach our objectives in an insatiable world that conditions us. Sex is a sign of the times, a double-edged sword, a throwaway pleasure.
In each photograph, it is impossible not to feel the strong presence of urban life and the suffering and inner solitude that often accompanies it. Superficial perfection represented by the plastic like bodies and the use of luxury objects are contrasted with an internality that we want to distance ourselves from. We live in an era in which anguish is destructive, with a clear distinction between appearance and reality. It goes without saying that the consequence of this is an internal imbalance and the inability to have any sort of relationship that goes beyond superficiality.
This collection documents how we live in a chaotic world full of stimuli yet we are more alone than ever. A feature of urban life. Thought-provoking images portray us as our own worst enemies, and reveal the false perfection that surrounds us. There are a multitude of explanations, including long working days, tiredness, pressure to excel and to prove oneself better than everyone else in a world that leaves no margin for error. Any means are justifiable to reach the goals we set ourselves. This triggers a downward spiral in which we become passive objects of a world in which sexual favours are used to achieve maximum results for minimum effort, the body is a traded commodity and beauty is the only measure of worth.
Influenced by his own personal experience, Emanuele Fiore poignantly questions and portrays modern day society, which has clearly defined values in relation to aesthetics, working life and relationships which transcend all age groups and socio-economic status. In particular, four key themes emerge as the focal point of many of these images and debates: beauty, the body, fashion and money.
Physical beauty, once considered a gift from God or Mother Nature, today, is increasingly perceived as the product of a multitude of interventions (diets, cosmetic surgery, make-up, sports, tattoos, body piercings, etc.) that become an integral part of our existence and lifestyles.
Consequently, the body becomes the object and the subject of choices and options. It becomes a project in which we invest infinite resources, time and effort, so it can support and define our personal and social identity.
At the same time, fashion becomes a form of popular aesthetics, which is impossible to avoid. Whilst in some cases, it can help us to express our individuality, in most cases it simply causes us to emulate the masses. Subsequently, all that we believe to be beautiful and which we desire above all else, is nothing more than an invisible puppet master dictating to us what is desirable, what we should like, who we are and what we should strive to be. What is born as a way of creating our own identity and expressing ourselves, becomes the perfect means that makes us invisible.
Money is presented in today’s society as our supreme and omnipotent ruler. In a consumer driven world, everything has a price tag, you just need to give it a value, ourselves included.
This collection brings together a series of evidence of the modern era, and the significant transformations taking place around us, through small excerpts of everyday life. The artist provokes the observer, making it think, whilst documenting this moment in history and asking the question today: “What will we do about the future?”.
GET LOST AND FIND YOURSELF
One of the themes analyzed by philosophy and psychology is undoubtedly the flow of time, understood as a passage through the different phases of life, from the growth (youth, childhood and adolescence) through youth and maturity, to lead to old age, the most critical age, often associated with both physical and mental decadence, but also a symbol of wisdom.
Feel is a story that tells the multiple ages of man. Seasons, landscapes and animals framed in an image.
This is how the author investigates the profound and beneficial relationship between man and nature, with precise and reliable instruments: the metaphor, the symbol, and the photography.
Symbolic elements quickly alternate. In some cases are related to the transience of life and the sense of precariousness; in others represent the liability of beauty, by definition inevitably destined to waste away; at other times they are delicate and ethereal allegories that show us a vision that is more dreamy and perhaps less crude than the passing of time and its transformations.
Getting rid of all the mechanisms and influences that destroy modern society, it returns to ancient and immortal values.
Nature teaches us life. It teaches us to take care, to let it flourish, to eradicate what is no longer needed. Nature teaches us that life has very strong seeds that if left to bloom according to their times and ways are able to face storms waiting for new suns. Nature teaches us that everything that exists has a strong seed within itself that simply wants to be and exist.
The Feel collection consists of 22 shots, all made in a limited series of 10 pieces. Every title, a metaphor; every message, a journey to be made.
MERITOCRACY DOESN’T EXIST
Quick strokes with an easy visual message. In this collection Fiore interrogates himself on the relationship between meritocracy and success in the contemporary art world. His paintings are specifically “ugly“ and childlike, which prove that the technique is no longer an evaluation method.
So, if the objective merits are no longer taken into consideration what decide what deserves to be promoted and carried forward? Art is an elite world, made up of few and for few, and like all the lobbies it is very often run by recommendations and connections. Those who have the chance buy papier-mâché trophies, those who do not have the same fortune will struggle into the mass for life without being able to find a way to establish a reputation. Favor calls favor, money calls money. These are the only rules to emerge.
The collection I’m An Artist shouts and claims the right to meritocracy because to go forward you should not only need connections and money to invest.
IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW YOU GET THERE,
JUST GET THERE!