Christophe Canato (WA) is one of 51 finalists selected for the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.
Canato grew up in an artist family, his father was a painter. As an early drawer and painter himself, he successfully entered the Beaux-Arts School at 17 years of age.
Based in Paris, his early work explored new concepts and interpretations of the photographic medium. He then used triptychs and diptychs, image/text combinations, unexpected supports, frames or back-lit boxes to perform mechanisms such as synesthesia phenomenon.
Since he relocated to Perth, Australia in 2005, his photography has radically evolved to a more traditional approach to the medium. In search for his identity, his recent work examines male roles and identities in our contemporary western contexts.Christophe Canato is interested about exploring social issues such as politics and religion, including physical identities and sexual orientations.