“an adventurous visual aesthetic”
“21st century pop-art…automatic spiritual alignment”
Stefan Fähler is a freelance art director and illustrator working primarily in the music and film industries. After working as an art director in advertising for more than a decade, he started designing gigposters for acts like Ariel Pink, Baths, Death Grips, Lætitia Sadier, Merzbow, Mykki Blanco, Mogwai, Wolf Eyes, Shonen Knife and album artwork for Siouxsie and the Banshees, Marc Almond, Leslie Winer, Ziúr, Evvol and Damo Suzuki.
He painted the graphic titles for Oscar-nominated documentary about Sebastião Salgado, “The Salt of the Earth”, by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival, 2014. In 2015 he designed the titles for “Desire will set you free” by Yony Leyser. Since then he has worked on several TV productions for Arte and RBB. In 2017 he also worked on the title design for “Bunch of Kunst”, the documentary about Sleaford Mods by Christine Franz, which premiered at CPH:DOX, 2017.
Besides his work in music and film, Fähler is a household name in Berlin nightlife, designing the flyers and posters for queer events and parties such as “Gegen Berlin” at KitKatClub, “BOOHOO” at Südblock, “Room for Resistance” at about:blank, “YO! SISSY Music Festival” at Postbahnhof, Musik&Frieden and Festsaal Kreuzberg and many more.
He collaborated with Jeremy Wade on the set and costume design of “DrawnOnward” (2015) at HAU – Hebbel am Ufer Theatre/Berlin and “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2016), which took place at Sophiensäle/Berlin, Kampnagel/Hamburg and Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers/Paris.
He directs music videos for the likes of Phon_O, Mediengruppe Telekommander or Heatsick, which brought him an award for “best international music video” at Leeds International Film Festival 2014.
In April 2016 he joined Rebels in Control, designing and producing graphics for Dover Street Market’s London, Tokyo, New York, Beijing and Singapore websites and online shops.
Fähler’s work can be seen in publications, exhibitions and festivals around the globe including Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Cannes, Milan, Sydney, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile and Basel.