Erwin Olaf, Indochine, Maria, 2017
Erwin Olaf, Indochine, Maria, 2017 
Erwin Olaf, Palm Springs, The Kite, 2017
Erwin Olaf, Squares, Tulips, 1986

Erwin Olaf

23/10/2020 - 27/02/2021

Via Trieste, 48 
25121 Brescia

Photographer of excellence one of the most appreciated in the contemporary art scene, the Dutch Erwin Olaf is considered as one of the best interpreters of modern portrait photography: he's know all over the world for a photographic style dominated by mysterious and contemplative atmospheres. Famous for his mise en scènes and his theatrical compositions, Olaf intertwines in his shots complex and dramatic narratives. His work strike for the strangeness, the will to provoke, for the sense of loneliness and restlessness: they are glimmers of truth, cracks in the wall that reveal the imperfection and fiction of a seemingly perfect world. 
The exhibition offers a journey within the whole production of the artist, a comprehensive overview of his work, beginning with his "Chessmen", the series that made him famous at international level allowing him the victory at the competition "Young European Photographer" in 1988, until his last project "Palm Springs" (2018), among the first made outside of the studio. Characters dressed in '60s dresses in the background described with elements out of the context for that time as example of rupture of the perfect world, after all "... each human being carries with him an inner rupture, even if he wears the best Sunday dress". Olaf made used black and white to create series that entered the history of photography, soon accompanied by color ones including "Paradise", "Grief", "Hope", "Dawn", "Dusk", "Rain", "Berlin"... in recent years the aesthetic adopted by the artist is similar to that of monumental tableaux, not to mention the dreamlike and most suspended atmospheres that have always characterized his poetry.
The Show is accompanied by the new and prestigious volume on Erwin Olaf produced by the gallery and published by Silvana.