"I'm fascinated by the invisible and unconscious. When I wonder, I seek silhouettes. I prefer dreams instead of reality. It does not matter if it is day or night, my eyes seek for mysterious images filled with shadows, forms, outlines, contours, sketches, shapes, figures, ghost faces, alluring moments."
Based in São Paulo, Brasil, Fabiolla Loureiro has been working as a photographer since 2010. In the beginning, she mainly explored fashion and nude. But in the last few years, she became obsessed with traveling (over 30 countries) and found herself involved with this freedom and opportunity that this kind of photography allows.
In her street photography, we observe the practice of natural light, rain, silhouettes, high contrasts and cold nights. The preference of black and white comes from an inspiration from Brassaï, Robert Capa, Robert Doisneau, Saul Leiter, Elliott Erwitt, Sabine Weiss, Willy Ronis. Urban chaos and the period between wars are also a constant source of study and reference for her.
Fabiolla is one of the permanent artists of Andreus Gallery, SP and since 2017 participates in an architecture/design project with Casa Portoro. In this project, she has more than 40 photos in exhibition, different measures, that are part of a few ambiances in the house in collaboration with some of the biggest names of architecture in Brazil. In the last two years, she had exhibitions in London, Bologna, Madrid and Paris, and now in March again in Italy. Her first three one-woman shows happened in 2016 in São Paulo. In January 2018, she was selected as one of the members of Contemporary Art Curator, an online contemporary art magazine, which covers visual arts events and connects artists from all over the world, and she is also part of Art Productions New York, a network of representation for artists with prestigious standards and vision. Last year she returned to write about her travel experiences for European Travel Magazine and launched her own blog sharing her influences and point of view on photography. In all those years, Fabiolla studied only three months at Focus Photography in São Paulo and remains a primarily self-taught artist.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist