Scarlett Hooft Graafland

Dutch, 1973–present

Hooft Graafland uses the ever-changing nature and cultures she encounters all over the world as her canvas and brush, as co-authors of the work. Many of her works have been made in remote and often rugged areas on earth; like the salt desert of Bolivia, the Canadian Arctic, and islands such as Socotra (Yemen) and Vanuatu. These austere surroundings become live actors in the highly choreographed performances that she stages over there. Weeks of preparation, working closely with local inhabitants, culminate in a scene, all for that one single moment of taking the photograph.

All her photographs are shot with an analogue camera without any digital manipulation and printed directly from the negative. That way preserving the power of photography – because of its ability to document reality, it can also represent the irrational and the fantastic.

Hooft Graafland has shown at various museums such as MOCCA Museum in Toronto, Huis Marseille Museum of Photography in Amsterdam, MAC Museum in Lima, Peru, the Museum of Photography in Seoul and Fotografiska, Stockholm. She received a BFA at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands, and an MFA at Parsons School of Design, New York.