Fette Sans


Photographs ©Fette Sans – From the series ‘Silent March’

Around 2006, back when I was living in Los Angeles, I became aware of Fette after reading an interview with her in LAist. She’d started a popular art blog and was making a name for herself as a curator. I didn’t know much about the LA art scene at the time (still don’t) but I was interested in it, as it was around the time I started to get more interested in photography.

Through social media I found her again a few years ago when I was first starting out in New York. Her tumblr quickly became one of my favorites because of her clever visual juxtapositions. Perhaps due to my own ignorance I wasn’t aware that she was also a photography until her portraits started appearing on her Tumblr. She was one of those people that you follow on the internet but don’t really know much about. So one day I decided to send her an email about her portraits. I’d planned on showing some of the work but as is often the case it never materialized.

A few months ago she visited New York. We met up for coffee and had a wonderful conversation about photography, Los Angeles, art, the internet, portraiture and Berlin. She showed me her handmade book, Rehearsed Lies which I enjoyed for its intimacy and mystery. I’m showing a few photographs from the book (the presentation on her site is much better), a few portraits and some work from an ongoing series called Silent March which is the body of work that resonates with me most.


From the series ‘Silent March’


From the series ‘Silent March’


From the series ‘Silent March’


From the series ‘Silent March’


From the series ‘Nanou’


From the series ‘What would I want’

From the book ‘Rehearsed Lies’


From the book ‘Rehearsed Lies’


From the book ‘Rehearsed Lies’

My photography aims at questioning authenticity and the precious.

In the ongoing series ‘Rehearsed Lies’ I confront intimate portrayals of men with elements of architecture and living spaces stripped off their context. These spaces become clues, they function as mere decors to the performances at play.

Discussion of intimacy addresses one’s innermost self, the core of one’s being, the truth about who one really is. ‘Being intimate’ can also be an euphemism for having sexual relationship.

I search for representations of intimacy with the idea that the quest is delusional, and conflicting, since I have agreed that photography is a lie. Yet, there is a casual authenticity to the actions of the characters represented. The men show familiarity, they often directly gaze at the camera/me/ the viewer, and boldly show their existence, in a way, acknowledging their true presence with me / the camera. Both candor and deceit are critical for the narrative to take effect.

Fette Sans lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles.

Her photos will be in the next issue of Abe’s Penny in collaboration with NY based writer Melissa Gira Grant. Tokyo based publishers Booklet Press will be releasing a book/fanzine her work in May, and there will be a solo show at Infernoesque in Berlin around May about an ongoing exquisite corps project she’s working on with writers (Tommy Smith, Charlotte Shane (aka Nightmare Brunette), Melissa Gira Grant, Sasha Frere-Jones, Jennifer Fuchs, Leah Dieterich)