Alternate Realities is an illustration series that looks at fake news and alternative facts

Austrian illustrator Francesco Ciccolella – featured
previously
– has launched his first solo show,
Alternate Realities at T/abor in Vienna as a part of
Vienna Design Week 2017 to “broach the issue of reality in our
post-factual era”.

As Francesco explains: “I’m interested in how our common
reality fades when boundaries between truth and lies become
blurred and emotions, rather than facts, dominate public
discourse. In the context of filter bubbles, fake news and
alternative facts, the exhibition tells stories from
post-factual everyday life and explores how we perceive our
environment, each other and ultimately ourselves.”

Alternate Realities is composed of drawings, prints
and sculptural works. All prints from the show are available as
limited edition prints at shop.francescociccolella.com.

Francesco adds: “In this kind of self-initiated, experimental
projects I explore the medium of illustration apart from
commercial content. I think as an illustrator you’re also a
communicator. With Alternate Realities I seek to tell visual
stories about a topic that I believe is socially relevant
today.”

Francesco
Ciccolella
is one of the most internationally acclaimed
Austrian illustrators of his generation. Born in Salzburg in
1990, he studied graphic design at the University of Applied
Arts in Vienna. Based in Vienna, he draws illustrations for
such international media as The Guardian, Die Zeit, Die Welt,
Der Spiegel, The New York Times, and brands such as Google and
IBM. His work tells stories, conveys ideas and condenses
complex themes into pithy, visual metaphors. He composes
semiotically conceived illustrations at the interface of image
and language, complexity, and everyday banality that
communicate with their viewers.

Main image: Portraits, Process and Installation Views of
‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Alternate Realities No.1, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Alternate Realities No.1, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate
Realities’ exhibition

Post-Truth, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Post-Truth, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Populism, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Populism, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Miss The Forest For The Trees (After Magritte), UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Miss The Forest For The Trees (After Magritte), UV-Print from
the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Clickbait, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Clickbait, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Alternative Perspective (On Magritte’s Son Of Man), UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Alternative Perspective (On Magritte’s Son Of Man), UV-Print
from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Alternative Rothko, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Alternative Rothko, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’
exhibition

Alternate Realities No.2, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Alternate Realities No.2, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate
Realities’ exhibition

Resist, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Resist, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Conspiracy Theories: UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Conspiracy Theories: UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’
exhibition

News Cycle, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

News Cycle, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Fake News, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Fake News, UV-Print from the ‘Alternate Realities’ exhibition

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

Portraits, Process and Installation Views of ‘Alternate
Realities’ at T/abor Gallery in Vienna

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