IROPPOI

Alexandre Osmoze Brakha

  • Sat, Mar 20 - Sun, Apr 04 2021
    Open on weekends
  • 11:00am - 7:00pm
  • Opening Party
    Sat, Mar 20, 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Music by DJ Kentaro and DJ Ne-yo
  • Free entrance

“IROPPOI [色っぽい] means sensual in Japanese. This word is for me pure poetry. Sensuality is the very breath of art, of life and of everything in between… and this is why this word resonates into my soul. The word “Iroppoi’’ itself resonates like a wonderful haiku. The title of an immortal song. It became the obvious choice to me for the name of this exhibition. Expressing visually “sensuality” is important for me as every woman embodies “iroppoi” in my opinion. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, but I believe sensuality should be obvious to anyone.

IROPPOI project is a passionate testimony about my emotions and my feelings inspired by women in general and each model I collaborated with for this exhibit. Sometimes provocative, sometimes romantic, sometimes naive, sometimes simply fantastic, the way to show Iroppoi’s models is simple and direct. Away from the “male gaze”, I let the focus and the angle of my images bare to allow the model to decide what she wants to reveal. This also means no digital alteration on the models has been performed. Iroppoi shows them by keeping a neutral point of view. It is a direct exchange, an intimate moment between the model and my camera, enhanced digitally by overlaying graphics, positive words and ideas, sometimes borrowed expressions or song titles.

My entire style is based on everlasting love for graffiti, an art form I discovered when I was 14 years old. I wanted to keep an “handwritten” look even if it was digital. So, I decided to use the “flop” style for its curves and voluptuousness that I felt fits the sensuality of the models.

Women are thinkers, fighters, mothers, sisters, workers… but to many, they are still considered inferior to men. It is an unfortunate truth and as an artist, I want to fight against this sexist vision. This is why I wanted every image to convey positive messages and ideas. All models are showing what they want and who they are. IROPPOI  [色っぽい] means sensual but I hope that through this exhibition it will express even more. The celebration of the all-around fabulousness of women!”

Alexandre Osmoze Brakha

Alexandre was born in Marseille, Southern France in 1978. Art Director, Director, illustrator, painter, muralist, etc... he currently lives in Japan, after 11 years in Canada.

Fascinated since childhood by animation and urban arts, Alexandre embarks on fine arts studies. Graffiti and the art of movement through image are his preferred ways of expression. The media as canvas and walls transform into screen in 2000 when digital art enters his life.

Inspired by Japanese and North American pop culture while keeping an European classical influence in a Post-Graffiti style, Alexandre mixes in his visual creation with meaning and symbolism. It is a thought around subjectivity and objectivity, between meaning and sensation.

Alexandre’s artistic approach is to claim positive ideas, and values, while remaining open to other cultures and different arts to impregnate his own.