By appropriating and decomposing pharmaceutical labels, newspapers, advertising cutouts, mail packaging, old photographs and many other objects from our everyday life, Joaquin Salim has created a large body of work where the artist dives into our society’s controversial and sensitive topics with a wink. Making his work a reality check unless you choose to only see the surface of it all. Magnification is key in Joaquin’s work, his obsession with textures that can’t be seen and detailed at normal sight gives Fake Smiles another layer of intimacy that allows the viewer to see past what is in front of them.
Joaquin Salim is a Venezuelan born and New York based Mixed Media Appropriation Artist, whose work has been acclaimed and acquired by curators around the world. He has exhibited multiple times in New York, Los Angeles, Lisbon and most recently in Budapest and Madrid. Besides his art within the white walls, he is always in constant search for new projects and have collaborated with musicians, architects, fashion designers, photographers and even with surfboard designers.
He is also an award winner Creative Director currently working for a large global advertising agency in New York City. During his years in the advertising industry, he has partnered with creative geniuses like Darren Aronofsky and Mike Mills to create unique projects— for The New York Times, LVMH and many more — that have reached the top of the field in festivals like the world famous Cannes Lions, The One Show, D&AD and many more. In 2017, Joaquin was named one of the best creatives in the world under 30 years of age by the Young Guns, awarded for his multidisciplinary creative vision.
This event was published on January 21, 2020.