For The Photography Show 2017, De Soto Gallery will feature a special solo presentation of Alma Haser’s Cosmic Surgery. The series has three components: 2D portraits, 3D portraits, and free standing paper sculptures. Brand new 3D pieces, made just for the fair, will be on view for the first time. Signed second edition monographs will also be available.
Cosmic surgery is imagined as a medical procedure that people can choose in the not so distant future for aesthetic enhancement, mood alteration, and to thwart increasingly pervasive methods of surveillance. Combining photography with collage and origami, Haser's playfully odd portraits consider the link between identity and image in a culture of visual bombardment. She suggests a fundamental shift in the way we understand ourselves and the world around us, picturing the possibility of a trans-humanist future.
Alma Haser (b. 1990, Black Forest, Germany) received a BA(Hons) in Photography in Art Practice from Nottingham Trent University. She won the Magenta Foundation’s Bright Spark Award for Cosmic Surgery in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery for an earlier series, The Ventriloquist, in 2012. She has had recent solo and group exhibitions at The Photographer’s Gallery in London and at UNSEEN in Amsterdam.