In an age of deep fakes and post truths, how do we distinguish what is real or manufactured? Can our identities be altered irrevocably through new editing software? What role does public perception play towards our sense of self? Have pseudo-dependent social media platforms like Snapchat changed how we recognise ourselves? All of these questions are evoked in the works of Alma Haser (b. 1989). The German artist has become well known for producing complex and meticulously constructed portraiture, influenced by a background in fine art. Expanding the dimensions of traditional photography, Haser uses inventive paper-folding techniques, collage and mixed media, blurring the distinctions between two-dimensional and three-dimensional imagery. Haser’s various accolades include being shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and winning the PDN Photo Annual Award in 2016. Recent exhibitions include Saatchi Gallery’s From Selfie to Self-Expression. haser.org.
Cutting and Pasting
Heroes is a photographic project that started in Italy in 2013. It is about craft shops and artisans that are disappearing.
Scarlett Hooft Graafland’s first solo exhibition at Flowers Gallery, London, invites the viewer into ethereal and remarkable landscapes.