by Alma Haser
Edition of 50 - 27.9cm x 33.0cm
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Curator Adriana Marques says:
"Alma Haser’s work achieves that fine balance in photographic practice between the constructed and the natural. The ‘Stateless’ series, which lies somewhere between taxidermic and wildlife photography, offers truly fascinating and unique images. "
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- Haser is a noted emerging art photographer - all the right people are watching her career with interest
- Her taxidermy prints are exclusive to Rise Art - buy now
- Take part in her 'Ten Seconds' project yourself: you have ten seconds to hide before the camera goes off
‘Starling’ is taken from Haser’s project ‘Stateless’. For the series, Alma has drawn inspiration from the migration of birds to tell a story of freedom and statelessness. The series was first conceived when Alma reflected on her stepfather’s plight to obtain a passport in England. Despite living in the country all his life, he was unable to obtain a passport for years due to an error on his birth certificate. Despite being free, he was somehow in limbo.
In ‘Stateless’, Alma conveys this story through birds. “Migratory birds are mostly stateless and therefore free. They are the perfect metapho…
‘Starling’ is taken from Haser’s project ‘Stateless’. For the series, Alma has drawn inspiration from the migration of birds to tell a story of freedom and statelessness. The series was first conceived when Alma reflected on her stepfather’s plight to obtain a passport in England. Despite living in the country all his life, he was unable to obtain a passport for years due to an error on his birth certificate. Despite being free, he was somehow in limbo.<br /><br />Show more…
In ‘Stateless’, Alma conveys this story through birds. “Migratory birds are mostly stateless and therefore free. They are the perfect metaphor for freedom and identity”, says Alma. The pictures were taken in the Wollaton Hall History Museum in Nottingham, which houses an extensive collection of taxidermy. Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae. Starlings occur naturally in the Old World, from Europe, Asia and Africa, to northern Australia and the islands of the tropical Pacific.<br /><br />
The stuffed birds reflect an ambiguous status: the viewer doesn’t quite know whether they are dead or alive, but the birds manage to convey a myriad of feelings regardless: dignity, confusion, sadness, resolution. That is the magic of Alma’s ‘look’. These fascinating portraits also seem to play with the classic genre of portraiture from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, leveling human beings with animals. Their small format and the posers ‘dignified’ expressions transport us to a time when having your portrait painted in this fashion was a sign of social success.<br /><br />
For the ‘Stateless’ series, Alma has worked with Rise Art to create an edition of 50 prints. Each print comes with a signed certificate of authenticity by the artist.
There's a lot of excitement around Alma Haser and her photographic portraits. Originally from Germany, she's lived in London since graduating in Photography as Art Practice at Nottingham Trent, when she was named one of the top four photography graduates of 2010. Haser works with traditional methods such as analogue photography, and often includes elements of cutting and folding before rephotographing her work. D&AD called her the 'One to Watch' of 2014. This is a rising photographic star.
Product DetailsTypeLimited EditionYear2009Ready to hangNoSignedYesMaterialsArchival Pigment Print
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