feature: french fine artist alexis peskine explores nationality, identity, and trauma through tactical photography

March 2, 2016

Meet French fine artist Alexis Peskine, an acclaimed multi-media creative from Paris whose work has been exhibited all around the world. Peskine is a graduate of Howard University and Maryland Institute College of Art, where he received his M.A. and M.F.A. Much of his inspiration comes from his mixed heritage, being the grandchild of a holocaust survivor on his paternal side and a Brazilian carpenter on his maternal side. His work expresses and explores society-induced trauma and issues of identity, nationality, and religion. To create many of his imaginative portraits, Peskine uses hardware nails to create texture, terrain, and dimension on top of photographs (which, typically, have already been digitally manipulated). Peskine’s pieces have been shown everywhere from Chicago, NYC, Paris, Luxembourg, Dakar, Johannesburg, and more. Peskine currently lives in New York City.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Xale-Bu-Jigeenu bu Ndem’ (2011)

‘Nala Perfil’ (2011)

‘Aunted’ (2007)
‘Identité-Internationale’ (2011)

‘Lettre à Elise’ (2011)

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