Faking Things

jelly wax, vinyl print, image transfers on cotton, iPad, iPhone, textile pigment, spray paint, c-type prints, glass wax, paraffin wax, beeswax

Cavalcanti, London

Faking Things is an exploration of all forms of facade, and the discovery of the in-between, un/real. Exploring the status of objects through their production and visual (re)presentation, we want to navigate the journey of material objects into performing as a symbols. By creating handmade objects, sets, photography and film, we aim to use the idea of the catalogue to display the origins of these stages of production, and confuse modes of display and the signs of status.

These works are part of a developing body of research that we will be focussing on during our residency at HANGAR in Lisbon.


“But for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, appearance to essence…. truth is considered profane, and only illusion is sacred.”

- Feuerbach | Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity

The publication The Real Deal is the other half of this work.

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