AD 183 | David Uzochukwu
“Philosophy And Self-Portraiture”

Self-taught, David Uzochukwu (b. 1998, Austria) creates (self-)portraits that speak of both placelessness and belonging. His work sees bodies shifting through nature, performance, and digital reconfiguration. Uzochukwu’s photographs have been exhibited at Bozar, Photo Vogue Festival, and Unseen Amsterdam. He has collaborated with artists FKA twigs, Pharrell, and Iris Van Herpen, and received commissions by Dior and Hermès. Since 2019, he is a participant of CPH:DOX’s talent development program. British Journal of Photography named him One to Watch in 2020. He currently lives in Berlin, where he pursues his first degree in philosophy.

Show Notes:
  • David’s development and obsession with photography
  • Looking at other photographers work and being inspired
  • Distraction and aesthetic within David’s work
  • Emotions and the expression of an image
  • David’s photography process
  • Finding your signature approach
  • Navigating your youth, and standing your ground
  • Leaning into your intuition
  • Organic transition within artwork
  • Simplicity
  • Swallowing your feelings and fighting to have your needs met
  • Finding your artistic voice and rooting yourself within that
  • David’s interest in philosophy
  • Ethics and practical reasoning for the things that you do
  • Aesthetics being used as a “glazing” to your art
  • Masculinity and the roles of gender
  • Strength and vulnerability
  • Futurism
  • Getting to the point of reflecting your opinions within your art
  • Bias The future for Davids self-portraiture and photography

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Posted 11.11.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino