[ photo by Vinzenz Hangler ]
Fábio M Silva is a conceptual post contemporary artist splitting their time between Berlin and the sunny countryside of Portugal. Their work is an autobiographical deconstruction of identity and normativity concepts, equally confrontational and sarcastic.
As a fashion designer, they produce small non-seasonal collections, costume designs and one-off garments defined by its genderlessness, fabric painting, rough finishings and non conforming pattern-making. In parallel they’re known for their performance, music, conceptual art and visual art pieces.
Their most notable works include the seminal performance FLÓPERA™, the fashion collection trilogy IDENTITY, their genre-bending debut album MANCEBO, the music and performances of their alter ego COLLAPSELLA, their first solo visual art exhibition FÁBIO M SILVA: A RETROSPECTIVE and their web-series A CLOSET FULL OF VIRUS in collaboration with Anali Goldberg.
Fábio M Silva’s work has been shown at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Stockholm Fringe Festival, La Biennale di Venezia, Grey Gardens Gallery… and published on i-D Magazine, Out.com, Kaltblut Magazine, Crack Magazine, The Forumist, King Kong Magazine…
In 2016, M Silva co-founded the internationally renowned post-drag performance collective The Real Housewives of Neukölln for whom they were the creative director until the end of 2018. Their piece “Darkroom Antics” was nominated for the Innovation In Performance award at the Stockholm Fringe Festival.
Since 2017, the artist is part of the experimental art duo PIPI together with Australian visual artist Anthony de Bono and has also collaborated regularly with artists such as Chicks on Speed, Ariel Nil Levy aka Anali Goldberg, Bogdan Georgescu, Annika Larsson, Ariel Hassan, Cat Jugravu, MI Leggett, amongst others.