© Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Untitled, from the series The Day after Valentine, China, 2006

 

© Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Untitled, from the series The Day after Valentine, China, 2006


“A Chinese legend tells us the story of seven girls travelling up and forth from heaven to earth on Valentines Day on the head of an ox, until one of them decides to stay and live with her farmer lover.
The ancient tradition and the role of nature in Chinese culture does not seem to overlap much with the rapidly growing economic nation of today, where skyscrapers seem to come out of the ground like magic.”
Scarlett Hooft Graafland

“Using naïve and childlike colour palettes her photographs draw on the language of the surreal showing familiar objects out of context (…). Her humorous and unsettling juxtaposition of these everyday objects with the sparse, unforgiving landscape echoes the aesthetic of surrealists such as René Magritte. Hooft Graafland utilizes the medium of photography, associated with the representation of truth, to represent the fantastic and the irrational.”
Michael Hoppen
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