Ryan Falzon (b.1988, Malta) lives and works between Malta and Berlin. Falzon portrays contemporary lifestyle and scenery in an expressive, brutally honest manner, merging the political with the personal. Often abrasive and mischievous, his work is known for creating a narrative by bringing together a wide-ranging set of images in a collage-like arrangement, allowing the viewer to wander about visually.
These works are part of an ongoing series titled “Selfies” . This series borrows directly from online presence, unapologetically juxtaposing captions and emojis, embracing the frontier of this new visual language. As the digital nomads of his generation and older, the aim is to express the struggle of keeping up with the super fast paced trends of filters, visual sexual innuendo and the countless useless images that the brain is made to process on an hourly basis. This body of work would also embody the undercurrent anxiety caused to the person behind the screen, portraying how social media users position themselves in such a position, most often willingly, subjecting themselves to unnecessary worries, expectations and regrets.