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About Joseph

Baltimore City

Joseph Faura is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and media maker currently living in Baltimore, Maryland. He has worked as a video editor, graphic designer, web developer, and professor. He holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Florida State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Imaging and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  His passions include hand-made and digital collage, animation, and participatory experiences. All which he... more

Desiderium, A Healing Ritual

DESIDERIUM: noun, | des.i.de.ri.um | \desƏ’dirēƏm, -eza-\ plural desideria \-ēƏ\ : an ardent desire or longing, especially : a feeling of loss or grief for something lost.

Made in collaboration with Jordan Sanford on June 17, 2016 at ‘sindikit gallery in Baltimore. DESIDERIUM, A Healing Ritual was a performance that explored trauma, grief and healing through the potential liminality implicit in magick rituals. The artists served as the intermediaries between participants and the elemental forces by embodying sacred entities who “consume” the grief of others, to in turn help us remember, heal, and cleanse ourselves—and each other—from our personal and collective grief.

Constellations

Constellations is a series of mixed media collages and drawings on Mylar. These drawings fabricate constellations out of imaginary star clusters, with arbitrarily assigned numbers. Images emerge from these clusters in the form of archetypes. They accompany the drawings, and were inspired by the trump cards of the Tarot.

This body of work maps modern and ancient archetypes onto made-up celestial objects. Critiquing the notion that our culture’s predominant worldview is rational and detached, these pieces call attention to, and poke fun at, the (oc)cult aspects of our obsession with celebrity, youth, symmetry, and beauty.

Two Moons, or Why The Full Moon Hates Me

Two Moons, or Why the Full Moon Hates Me is a participatory installation that invites viewers to create collages on glowing orbs by arranging transparent cutouts of animal heads, human body parts, and random objects on overhead projectors. Participants were asked to take instagram images of their creations and tag them #moonhatesme.

Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans explores animal-human hybrids and other archetypes through the contemporary lens of celebrity culture. As part of my MFA thesis exhibition, the work was expanded to include the Ganesh Lagerfeld series, which depicts a hybridized image of the popular Indian deity Ganesha and the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld in the forms of a hand-made collage, a life-sized replica mounted on a double-sided light box, and an animation that shows Ganesh interacting with paparazzi. The exhibit also included a second animation titled Wrestling the Minotaur, and series of hand-made and digital collages.

Full Moon 2010

Full Moon, 2010 is a series of ritual performances that centered around the full moon, which took place about an hour after the moonrise on the night of the full moon in May and June of 2010. They involved several activities including "moon bathing" under the moon's light, serenading the moon with classic moon songs of the past, and paying an homage to the moon using collage pieces printed on transparency film and an overhead projector.A series of ritual performances centered around the full moon that took place about an hour after the moonrise on the night of the full moon in May and June of 2010.

They involved several activities including "moon bathing" under the moon's light, serenading the moon with classic moon songs of the past, and paying an homage to the moon using collage pieces printed on transparency film and an overhead projector.

The Sporting Life

Taken from an online collection of early 20th century glass plates, these digital montages explore the restricted world of male homosocial environments. Photographs of young men in athletic or leisurely poses are superimposed on desolate backgrounds. The images of the young men are often multiplied and arranged on the page as to suggest a kind of movement, or dance taking place. Their poses reflect a sense of naivety about their seeming sexuality in front of the camera. The images themselves are trying to explore a male-male desire that homosocial environments of the time, such as sports, boarding school, universities, the military and even boy scouts, seemed to welcome.

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