Koen Hauser
Projects (selection)

In Paradisum (2022), exhibition view
1 In Paradisum was created in the context of the BredaPhoto 2022 theme; Theatre of Dreams︎︎︎.

2 In Paradisum refers to the Requiem︎︎︎ by Gabriel Fauré and the connotation of paradise as a place of happiness and delight.

The way photographic imagery is applied as paint resembles the ancient Japanese art of marbling, Suminagashi︎︎︎.

In Paradisum

An immersive photoprint of 12 x 2 meters,  – on display during BredaPhoto 2022 – presents to us a fluid garden, in which sensory freedom is reclaimed from images that exists in public space that normally capitalizes on our receptiveness to colours and textures by instrumentally nudging us to consume.

What we see is a canvas filled with vibrant colors and abstract fluid shapes. It is the result of a meditative ritual in which I radically distorted the visual qualities of photographs I collected from the physical public domain, mostly advertisements that are intentionally made to seduce us to spend money.

With In Paradisum, I wanted to experience and represent a more pure and direct sensorial contact with the world, that to me seems impossible if narratives, opinions and concepts in photographs take center stage.
The craftly processing of the material to me embodies the very essence of the work’s visual poetry.  It’s outcome is reminiscent of action painting, in which the work derives its power from the direct way that the colours, textures and kinetic quality of the strokes of paint speak to the audience.