Inspired by a desire to manipulate the appearance of reality, Astrid Verhoef (b. 1973) creates photographs that recontextualise normality, moving the familiar into an unfamiliar landscape. Her practice examines humanity’s position in relation to manufactured and natural spaces. These themes find their expression in playful staging, placing individuals and objects in surprising settings. Questioning the boundaries between the real and the surreal, a profound interpretation of life emerges; it uses a new visual language in its reading of humankind’s place in the natural world. In Urbanite (2010-present), the subject, a city-dweller and office worker (often played by Verhoef herself) struggles amongst the elements in a desolate environment where a woman in stilettos falls into a lake and the simple computer mouse rises en masse against its user. Verhoef has exhibited work internationally, including at IJFFF Foto Film Festival and Photoville in New York. The photographs selected are part of the Urbanite series. www.astridverhoef.nl.
The Next Generation
As part of Aesthetica’s Special 60th Edition, we have partnered with London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars.
As August approaches, the Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner has curated a selection of images that express the notion of summer.
Viviane Sassen’s vibrant colours combine with abstract shapes and contorted lighting to create a surreal landscape where down is up, bodies turn green and nothing is quite what it seems. Born in Amsterdam, Sassen spent seven years studying fine art, photography and fashion design.