Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi’s (b. 1962) theatrical images challenge assumed perceptions of the world and transform bleak landscapes into dramatic stories. Playing with the relationship between fantasy and reality, the works focus on a female protagonist in the natural environment. Shot in the Netherlands, the photographs often present a brooding sky and unsettled scenery in order to re ect the inner turmoil of the human subjects. Kooi’s background in documenting theatre and dance is evident in her central characters who are often in motion or seem pensive and thoughtful. This ability to add narrative to familiar scenery pulls the creations away from the everyday and plunges them into a magical environment where colours are increasingly vivid, shapes are all the more pronounced and nature takes on a wilder expression. Kooi’s work has been exhibited across the world with the most recent presentation, Solo, in France and Italy. www.ellenkooi.nl.
An international exhibition of photography, European Chronicles in Cardiff uses lens-based media to initiate debate about European social identities.
Slovakia-born Mária Švarbová completed her studies in conservation, restoration and archaeology before dedicating herself to photography in 2010.
Ellie Davies, Into the Woods, Crane Kalman Gallery
Ellie Davies’s new series, Half Light, comes to Crane Kalman Gallery. Winner of the People’s Choice in the Aesthetica Art Prize, the practitioner responds to elements of the natural landscape.
The fourth instalment of the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB) runs this December, the most significant contemporary art festival in Sri Lanka.
Aesthetica Art Prize Call For Entries Countdown: Last Day
Today's the last day to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize. As a celebration of excellence in art from across the world, it offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work.