Spotlight: Photographer Lucia Fainzilber’s flower portraits go beyond decoration, capturing their medicinal and intoxicating potential

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About the artist: Photographer Lucia Fainzilber was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1986. She focused on costume design and filmmaking before moving to New York to study at the International Center of Photography in 2011. While assistant to editorial photographers in the 2010s, she began to develop her own practice, creating works that focus on the symbolic meanings and knowledge wrapped in the decorative world around us, from textile patterns to flowers, in her work the more recent. Fainzilber’s current exhibition “Flowers never bend with the rain” is now on display at the Praxis Art Gallery in New York, showcasing her intimate flower portraits. The artist has been represented by Praxis since 2014 and her previous solo exhibitions with the gallery include “Wild Flowers” in 2016.

Installation view “Flowers never bend with the rain” at Praxis.

Why we love it: Fstockings often serve as a beautifying force at the margins of our lives, filling our gardens, lining our sidewalks and highway meridians, and sometimes adorning our family tables. But rarely do we take the time to see flowers as individual flowers full of specific complexities and influence in the world. In this series, Fainzilber focuses his lens on these flowers, capturing their intricate colors and markings, often photographing a single flower head with detailed precision. In this way, the artist aims to emphasize the very real power of flowers – with all their medicinal, toxic and intoxicating potential.

Lucia Fainzilber, Clarice (2022)

Lucie Fainzilber, Clear (2022). Courtesy of Praxis.

According to the Artist: “When I think of a new project, it’s always in conversation with my previous work. Color and the relationship between patterns and textures, background and foreground are key elements in my work, which evolve and mutate from one project to another. I have always been seduced by flowers and they have been very present throughout my life, even if I have never thought about them too much. I decided to make flowers the protagonists of this body of work in order to seek its meaning… With these portraits, I intend to pay homage to flowers by testifying to their subtle performances and incarnations of power. I hope that this exhibition will reveal different ways of seeing in order to that a magnolia tree across the street or a rose on a table don’t appear so unfamiliar. Instead, seeing these plants in their intimacy and reciprocity will make us look at ourselves a little differently too, because we we are all embroidered in this tapestry, this bouquet of life.

Lucie Fainzilber, Simone (2022).  Courtesy of Praxis.

Lucie Fainzilber, simone (2022). Courtesy of Praxis.

“Lucia Fainzilber: Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall” is on view at Praxis until September 10, 2022.

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