"No Skateboarding" exhibition by Mathias Fennetaux
On the occasion of the festival "This is (not) music", taking place this spring in Marseille, Nixon is proud to support French photographer Mathias Fennetaux showcasing his portrait series "no skateboarding" as part of the board culture exhibition "La Dernière Vague".
Fennetaux has dedicated more than 2 decades to his career in photography, reaching from fashion advertising for major brands to his true passion action sports. Today based in the coastal town of Biarritz, he devotes a lot of his time shooting surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding and has become one of the most renowned artists of this scene. In 2011, Fennetaux published a remarkable collection of portraits in his book "no skateboarding". Featuring 70 of the greatest personality and influences in the history of skateboarding, the collection surprisingly gets along without one single action shot.
"I wanted to show the man behind the tricks, the person behind the style. […] I wanted the real thing", so Fennetaux about "no skateboarding". The result is a unique connection of 70 portraits of pioneers and legends like Steve Cabellero, Rodney Mullen, Tony Hawk and Andrew Reynolds that Fennetaux accumulated in almost 10 years working on the project. Used to movements and action, the static photographs show the skaters in a different, almost melancholic way, going behind the surface – a one-of-a-kind tribute to a sport that has influenced many generations.
Marseille is the European Capital of Culture in 2013, and the event "This is (not) music" will honor street culture, contemporary art and boardsports from April 25th until June 6th, 2013. The 40.000 m2 of space dedicated to "La Dernière Vague" in the exhibition center La Friche Belle de Mai in central Marseille will be one of the highlights of this festival. 60 international artists will showcase their work, ranging from graphic design, sculptures, video installation up to painting and photography. A selection of about 60 portraits taken out of Mathias Fennetaux's "no skateboarding" series will be displayed amongst this extraordinary exhibition destined to surfing, skateboarding, and their influence on contemporary youth culture.