The photograph and artsit Idan Wizen
Idan Wizen is a Franco-Israeli artist and photographer for the “Who’s that nude in the living room?” project. His photographs have been exhibited in Paris, New York, Miami, Osaka …
He was born on October 26, 1984 in Tel Aviv. In 2002, he joined the Paris II Panthéon-Assas University to start studying economics and management. But soon, he realizes that his favorite fields are art, photography and advertising.
He then joined Sup de Pub, from which he graduated with a Masters degree in artistic direction in 2007. In 2008, he also finalized his Masters at “University of the arts of London”.
Back in Paris, after a brief experience as a marketing manager in cosmetics, he founded a communication agency, Studio Idan. Working both on Print and on the Web, we count among its clients Inéo-GDF, Crédit Agricole, CFDT …
In parallel to this activity, he began to photograph, on April 18, 2009, for the project “Who’s that nude in the living room?”. His light management, the unique rendering of his photos, but above all his sympathy, the ability to make anyone beautiful and the confidence of the models he manages to win very quickly, mean that more and more people are coming to be shooted for the project. Today more than 2000 people have already come.
In addition to the “Who’s that nude in the living room?” project, which he continues to develop, he divides his time between teaching (in private lesson, at Sup de Pub or at Paris XI University), as adversting and fashion photographer and other art projects.
A word from Idan
I’m creating strong and striking images for one purpose : I want my images to provoke thought and discussion. I want the viewer to question himself, question his certainties, learn to see things differently. Pondering two levels: the individual and societal. At the individual level, I want my work to take the viewer on a journey to think about the constraints their minds self-impose, of acceptance of their body, or to help find the beauty in all shapes, sizes, and flaws. At the societal level, my reflections turn to the choices we will have to make tomorrow: our morals, our environment, our responsibility towards future generations, our relationship to science, to the transformation of homo sapiens into a new species…
These images come from a wide inspiration, mainly from writings, such as those of Bernard Werber or Yuval Noah Harari, but also great photographers like David Lachapelle or Jill Greenberg. Not to mention, of course, my pop culture, ranging from Marvel to Tolkien through the Rock and Metal music of the 70s and 80s.
Combining strong ideas with the relevant aesthetic of an image seems to me easier than writing a political or philosophical piece. Art allows us to send a more subtle message, a message that will be interpreted differently depending on the viewer. By using in my art, the subtlety and multi-interpretation of the message, I want to make the viewers’ ideas into perspective their vision of things and thus, to understand mine. I want to caress the unconscious and thus becoming the seed that will germinate over time allowing an evolution of ideas.
Most artists have very radical opinions on their topic. I tend to believe that most of our daily challenges and problems are complicated involving a complex and subtle solution. I’d like to think about the faces of the coin. Isn’t it funny for a 2D artist? For now, it’s in photography that I found the most comfortable way to express myself. But I’m starting to think about sculpture and video in order to express more easily the permanent, rage and hope, cohabitating inside me.
My rage is coming from the contemplation of a world seeming to turn in the wrong direction! I always feel repulsed and angered at many things.I feel anger towards the state of the world. I feel beaten down at people’s stupidity, violence and hypocrisy. I feel thunderstruck at the fear of progress and science. And I also truly believe that our world is better now than it has ever been. I’m amazed by some beautiful minds, by the creativity and intelligence of the human kind. So it’s in the human kind that I put my hope and my expectations for tomorrow !