by Alma Haser
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Curator Clyde Hopkins says:
"I think Alma’s portfolio is very interesting. Her studies of people in their surroundings are well lit and thoughtfully composed. She’s surprisingly good, as a young artist, at capturing the introspective or reflective mood of her ‘sitters’. I find hints of artists like Chardin, or the world of Lewis Carroll. Technically, her work is very good and quietly original."
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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
‘Rough-legged buzzard’ 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 per…
‘Rough-legged buzzard’ 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 />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.<br /><br />The pictures were taken in the Wollaton Hall History Museum in Nottingham, which houses an extensive collection of taxidermy. A rough legged buzzard, the animal portrayed in this piece, is a bird of prey that breeds in North America, Europe and Asia, and migrates South when the winter comes.<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, levelling 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 status.<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.Show more…
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 EditionMediumPhotographyStyleFigurativeSubjectAnimalsYear2008Ready to hangNoSignedYesMaterialsArchival pigment print
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