The 'anonymous' South African artist turning dreams into reality through photography and AR
April 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Known only as "Xopher Wallace," with his signature goggles, morphsuit and sweatshirt, this visual artist uses a blend of fine art photography and augmented reality to merge the real and virtual worlds.
In 2017, the South African visual artist decided to become "anonymous," taking the alias Xopher Wallace and wearing goggles, a morphsuit and sweatshirt in his photographs to keep his real identity a secret.
For South Africa's Virtual National Art Festival 2020, Wallace contributed by creating face filters.
He also curated an online exhibition called "Afridelic Trip: Faces of Mixed Realities," for the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, in which Wallace used artworks by fellow South African artist vonMash to design face filters and virtual galleries that presented the themes of "African mysticism and spiritual realms. "
When the pandemic prompted nationwide lockdowns, shutting down galleries across the country, Wallace hosted his own online exhibition named "Inside/Outside," inviting other South African visual artists to showcase their work.
Strengthening that online presence has allowed Wallace to expand the audience for his art, as well as help shine a light on other African digital artists.
Scroll through the gallery at the top of this page to see the ways Wallace uses photography and mixed reality to present his dream world.