The series Curbed Chaos, the Beauty Beneath (2014 / 2016) reveal a normally hidden representation of ordinary snapshots. By forcing his photo editing software to crash, the artist conjures up a new reality. As a result, he creates work that at first glance looks familiar. But getting closer, they appear difficult to recognize, depicting a reality that sidetracks our perception and that mystifies the true nature of the original snapshots. This self-developed process is freeing the artist from the limitations of traditional photo editing and manipulation. With this approach he rips off the snapshot's identity. This distortion of the notion of the real, invites the viewers to enter an imaginary world. Asking them to reshape their perception of mostly well known sites, and to load them with a new meaning.
The images that balance between figuration and abstraction, are stretching the boundaries of photography. With the abstraction of their everyday appearance, the artist provides cities with a new skin.
Harm Weistra lives and works in Amsterdam (Netherlands). He holds a Master in Social Sciences and a Bachelor in Fine Arts. He studied fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, where he graduated in 2011. In 2015 he has been granted by the Mondriaan Fund – the official state fund – with the Stipendium for Emerging Artists.
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