Alternate Realities is an illustration series that looks at fake news and alternative facts
Austrian illustrator Francesco Ciccolella – featured previously – has launched his first solo show, Alternate Realities at T/abor in Vienna as a part of Vienna Design Week 2017 to "broach the issue of reality in our post-factual era".
As Francesco explains: "I’m interested in how our common reality fades when boundaries between truth and lies become blurred and emotions, rather than facts, dominate public discourse. In the context of filter bubbles, fake news and alternative facts, the exhibition tells stories from post-factual everyday life and explores how we perceive our environment, each other and ultimately ourselves."
Alternate Realities is composed of drawings, prints and sculptural works. All prints from the show are available as limited edition prints at shop.francescociccolella.com.
Francesco adds: "In this kind of self-initiated, experimental projects I explore the medium of illustration apart from commercial content. I think as an illustrator you’re also a communicator. With Alternate Realities I seek to tell visual stories about a topic that I believe is socially relevant today."
Francesco Ciccolella is one of the most internationally acclaimed Austrian illustrators of his generation. Born in Salzburg in 1990, he studied graphic design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Based in Vienna, he draws illustrations for such international media as The Guardian, Die Zeit, Die Welt, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, and brands such as Google and IBM. His work tells stories, conveys ideas and condenses complex themes into pithy, visual metaphors. He composes semiotically conceived illustrations at the interface of image and language, complexity, and everyday banality that communicate with their viewers.
Main image: Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna