FILE SÃO PAULO 2017 – Raquel Fukuda, FILE Anima+ coordinator.

FILE Anima+ seeks each year to present innovative animations, either for its aesthetic side, for its narrative form or for its technicality. And as a highlight of this wave of imagistic innovation, we bring for the first time to Brazil the artist and filmmaker Faiyaz Jafri.
Born and raised in a rural area in the Netherlands, Jaiyaz, descendant of Pakistanis, explores in his works the Jungian archetypes (ego, persona, shadow, animus/anima and self) in the contemporary world mixed to a line of images with a high seductive power bordering obscenity, which he labels “pop” hyper-realism. In addition, he investigates the so-called neoarchitectures of the mass communication media and globalized “pop” culture.

The artist re-signifies icons of the pop world by appropriating them, making them immaculate by using them in contexts in which their characters (mostly female) have an unnatural, polite, aseptic, cold and soulless perfection. But the strength that this aesthetic carries, floating between innocence and violence, conveys a load of such emotion that makes Faiyaz’s work sometimes frightening, romantic, and strangely human.

The artist re-signifies icons of the pop world by appropriating them, making them immaculate by using them in contexts in which their characters (mostly female) have an unnatural, polite, aseptic, cold and soulless perfection. But the strength that this aesthetic carries, floating between innocence and violence, conveys a load of such emotion that makes Faiyaz’s work sometimes frightening, romantic, and strangely human.

Faiyaz’s work is about duality: sex and violence; eroticism and innocence. For example, duality over innocence and seduction, opposites that, in their animations, are paradoxically very similar and they do not exist in absolute opposition. Nothing is pure innocence or pure evil and the artist’s work just mixes these extremes.

FILE Anima+ 2017 also features hundreds of animated short films among independent, experimental, student and large studio productions. Its partnership with the acclaimed Japanese festival Japan Media Arts Festival features two programs with dozens of award-winning animations at the festival, in addition to the feature film “Miss. Hokusai”. The anime was adapted from a manga published from 1983 to 1987, in three volumes, by Hinako Sugiura. The work portrays the life of Hokusai Katsushika, who is a painter, and his daughter O-Ei, an artist who has always lived in anonymity thanks to the shadow of her father. The story takes place in 1814, in Edo, present-day Tokyo. There, O-Ei, heir to her father’s talent, sometimes paints in his place. Much later, Europe discovers the immense talent of Tetsuzo, and he begins to be known as Katsushika Hokusai, impressing even Renoir, Van Gogh, Monet and Klimt.

Raquel Fukuda
FILE ANIMA+ Curator