Photo Basel, 2019
Dirk Hardy (NL)
Elevators offer us one of the strangest experiences in modern society: we are enclosed together in a small space, occupying a physical intimacy often outside our comfort level, and we do our best to avoid interaction or contact for the duration of the ride. These shared moments are seen as something to be escaped, rather than engaged with. In Void, Dutch photographer Dirk Hardy approaches the subject of being in an elevator as a stage, placing actors and lighting into an artificial setting to recreate the phenomenon of public isolation we understand so readily. Hardy zooms in on an individual’s expression while caught in a crowd, and pulls out to show the body language of disengagement or a quiet moment of contemplation when finding oneself suddenly alone. Through the micro-theatre of Void, lost moments reclaim significance.
Young Dutch artist Dirk Hardy (lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands) graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in 2014. His staged photographic images aim to challenge the viewer to slowly break through the stylized surface and connect with the narrative and often psychological elements in the works. Obsessed with aesthetics and the photographic medium, Dirk constantly pushes to refine his craftsmanship and to develop the symbiotic relationship between form and content. Returning interests of Hardy evolve around people, society, alienation, anonymity, and modern city life. Hardy’s images are suggestive and inviting to the viewer’s personal interpretation. They are a result of Dirk’s curiosity in the complexity of man and of his urge to give the beholder a glance into his world.
Dirk’s method of working is highly influenced by also having studied architecture. His research, observations and ideas form the foundation of his work, and by carefully designing a detailed plan to communicate his vision to the viewer, Hardy is able to take full control in constructing every aspect of the process.
Dirk Hardy currently lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Israel Photo Festival, 2018
Leendert van der Meer (NL)
Sasha Zacks (IS)
Sasha Zacks is an emblematic photographer of Tel Aviv, has started his photographic experiments in Moscow. Growing from portrait photographer to the conceptual artist depicting the streets character and human behavior. Zack’s works are exploring the human personality and character that he transcends into photography. The individuality of each work marked by the human activity and delicate moment has shaped the mood of Sasha’s photography.
He explores the human influence on the surrounding. That can be Tel Aviv bus station, abandoned houses or the European cities or portraits of the encounters at the streets, in each of his work he penetrates the essence of the place, exploring it with his camera and let the viewer judge the result.
Leendert van der Meer
With his work, Leendert exploits the potential use of the photographic image and camera, but also in his role as a photographer. He investigates to which extent images, cameras and other photographic equipment manipulate reality. The foundation of the work is intuitive; van der Meer uses the camera only as a tool to play within reality. Nevertheless, he always ends up with a constructed plan and image. With these ‘constructions’, he tries to get grip on his earlier discoveries.
Leendert shares the findings mainly by (photographic) interventions and performances. He replaces a broken window with a printed image, manipulates pedestrian flow with multiple cameras and experimenters, command people by using the camera and secure his window with a monopod. By doing this, the visual world merges together with reality and constantly influence each other.
Rotterdam Photo Festival, 2018
"My journey in photography started at the age of 19. That was the time when my whole family passed away. That moment I decided that life is too short and I must do things that really matter.
I was studying political science before. But after that wake-up call, I changed my life and came to Europe to follow my new philosophy. Art helped me a lot to survive the darkest days in my life and these philosophical findings I try to express within my works.
The tragedy in my life built me as an artist. Because of my past, I am trying to find the true beauty and the meaning of life which is full of injustice. In my artistic mission, I am trying to bring a message to people: stay conscious about given time and embrace the beauty around.
In my photography, I create my own world with my own rules. My invented world reveals the true fillings hidden inside of us. In my imagined world, I am asking the viewer important questions: what is the fear, what is loneliness, what is the essence of life? How to see the truth in the world full of false?"
Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, 2017
Andrey Kuzkin, Deep Self
No man in the world does not know how it feels the hesitation to go to the unexplored endeavor.
With the current exhibition, Andrey Kuzkin goes to the limit of the human mind that creates spiritual frame preventing from going out of comfort zone.
Our memories of physic pain, tragic event, failures in the past are dominating our present and projects into the future.
Andrey Kuzkin is bravely looking for his past life and memories deep inside of his nature. By expressing himself through art performances and documenting it, he recreates the flow of his life culminating in his photographic and video works.
The process of self-liberation from the past opens the door for the future.
He encourages you to follow the process of liberating and turn to the future without limits.