Flora is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, emotions and dreams. Her immaculate technique and subtle conceptual ideas create beautiful evocations of universal emotions, from lust and desire to despair and loss.Flora at once captures the complex strength and fragility of the human psyche. She expertly visualises dark fantasies and atmospheric dreams, utilising the uncanny and clever metaphor, while unlocking what it means to think, feel, dream and express in the urban world.Her work often features the female body and she plays with hiding and revealing the eyes or face to leave only the feminine form, exploring questions of female representation and the relationship between body and self.
Flora has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA, and has most notably taken part in the “Continental Shift” group exhibition at Saatchi Gallery. She has also exhibited at the Louvre, France. Her ethereal aesthetic has won multiple art prizes and garnered critical acclaim from press including The Guardian’s Observer and BBC Culture. Her artwork was the face of Adobe Photoshop in 2014.
Yee was born in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia in 1971 to a New Zealander mother and a Sino-Kadazan father, but has always identified herself as strongly Sabahan. Her multicultural upbringing was also marked by studies at the University of South Australia in Adelaide and at the Central Saint Martin’s School of Art in London, United Kingdom. Today, she resides in Kuala Lumpur, where she has established herself as one of the most influential Malaysian artists of her generation.
Yee is known for her multi-layered digital photocollage series that reference history, popular culture, archives and everyday objects. Her oeuvre engages with issues of culture, power and the role of historical memory in social experience, and often focuses on themes and motifs that reference Borneo’s indigenous cultures.
1990 born in Kuwait City, Kuwait, he lives and works between his hometown and the USA. Encompassing photography, video and digital media, Abdullah Al Mutairi’s work reflects his interests in identity, gender, religion and technology in the Arabian Gulf as well as the effects of globalisation and corporate or national branding.
Abdullah Al Mutairi is an artist and founding member of the GCC collective.
He has exhibited at Art Dubai, UAE; Mathaf, Qatar; The Serpentine Gallery, UK; and contributed to Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets’ ongoing digital natives project 89plus. The GCC collective’s work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, Fridericianum, New Museum and the Sultan Gallery, among other institutions.
Sonia Payes is a conceptually-based artist working with photography, multi-media, animation and sculpture, who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. A strong environmental narrative permeates Payes’ works and the cycle of re-creationis explored in her wildly dystopian landscapes. A veil of memory and awareness filters Payes’ works, her images exploring the cycle of transformation form birth to regeneration, charting humanity’s capacity to continually adjust to changes in the earth’s mutable environment.
MacroWaves, WaterPower and LiquidExtasy…Pierre Carreau`s art pieces capture moments of breath-taking beauty and deep emotions depended on the state of mind, perspective and individual background of the viewer.
His work showcases the dual nature of water: life-giving and yet dangerous, inviting and yet fearsome, primordial and yet ever-changing and always renewed.
Carreau observes that the photographic images of AquaViva may sometimes be perceived as objects rather than as two-dimensional representations. The play of light off the multitude of facets and curves on the water’s surface gives the image a sculptural quality that enhances the sense of stillness and power.
This sculptural effect of dynamism in static suspension is at once conscious and haphazard, a function of the rapid genesis of these images and the evident fact that the artist cannot possibly see the final work at the very moment of its birth.
ABOUT PIERRE CARREAU
Born in 1972 near Paris, Pierre Carreau grew up surrounded by artistic influences in a family that included a photographer, sculptors and painters. Perhaps in reaction to this subtle pressure, he chose initially to pursue a different path and graduated from university with a degree in business. Yet the soul of the artist would not be repressed, and after a number of years working in the IT industry, Carreau returned to his roots and became a professional photographer.
A long-held love of the ocean and water-sports led him to work photographing action shots for surf and kite-surf magazines, but the water itself eventually captured his artistic imagination and became the genesis of AquaViva.
In 2004 Pierre moved with his wife and children to the Caribbean island of St. Barthélemy. This small paradise has become Carreau’s open-air studio, where the subtle variations of light from the tropical sun and the endlessly changing soul of the sea become the subjects of his vision.