"The aim of this work is to create ‘my own Japan’, in Switzerland, from memories of my journeys when I was small, my mother’s stories, popular and traditional culture and my grandparents’ war narratives.” —David Favrod

David Favrod’s L’envolee de poussins, from the Gaijin series to our collecting audience. Favrod was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Swiss father and raised in Switzerland. Growing up, he became connected to his Japanese roots through his grandparent’s stories about their culture and traditions. Upon turning eighteen he requested dual citizenship from Japan and was denied. He responded by exploring his identity in a deeper way, and became inspired to create the series titled Gaijin, meaning foreign or alien, from which this photograph L’envol´e de poussins is selected. 

David Favrod (1982) graduated from the Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne in 2009. He was selected as one of 80 up-and-coming young photographers by curators from the Musée de l'Elysée for the reGeneration2 book and international traveling exhibition. In 2010 he was named as the Aperture Portfolio Prize winner and the winner of the Swiss Federal Design Award.


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