Alma Haser: Cosmic Surgery
On-View: July 22-September 21, 2019. Closing Event: Friday, September 20, 2019
Panel Discussion: 6:00PM – 8:00pm
Reception: 8:00PM – 10:00pm
The SPAO Centre Gallery is honoured to present Cosmic Surgery by German-born Alma Haser. This is the first exhibition in Ottawa to feature the acclaimed London-based artist. Expanding the dimensions of traditional portrait photography, Haser uses inventive paper-folding techniques, collage and mixed media to create layers of intrigue around her photographic subjects. With Cosmic Surgery she creates portraits of futuristic beings that blur the distinctions between two-dimensional and three-dimensional imagery.
Alma Haser was born in 1989 into an artistic family in the Black Forest, Germany, and is now based in London and on the southeast coast of England. Known for her complex and meticulously constructed portraiture, she has won many awards for her work, including Magenta Foundation’s Bright Spark Award in 2013 for her Cosmic Surgery series. Her work has been presented worldwide, with recent exhibitions including From Selfie to Self-Expression at the Saatchi Gallery in London in 2017.
The SPAO Centre gratefully acknowledges the German Embassy in Ottawa’s partnership in the presentation of a panel discussion and a closing reception with the artist in attendance on Friday 20, September 2019.