Scarlett Hooft Graafland

  • Selected Works


    Scarlett Hooft Graafland’s surreal, dream-like photographs provide the lasting record of her carefully choreographed, site-specific sculptural interventions and performances in some of the most isolated corners of the earth. Her work is an exploration of world, from the salt desert of Bolivia to the desolate Canadian Arctic, the island of Madagascar and the remote shores of Vanuatu, where her interactions reflect an exchange between the boundless realm of nature and the relative confines of culture.


  • Biography


    The Netherlands , 1973

    After brilliant studies (a BFA at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and a MFA at Parson’s School of Design, New York), Scarlett Hooft Graafland spent the following years travelling to remote places where she choreographed performances with local people. Her surreal photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide

    Traveling to the most isolated corners on earth, for Scarlett Hooft Graafland these austere surroundings become live actors in the highly choreographed performances that she stages there.
    Whether it is the salt desert of Bolivia, the Canadian arctic, Madagascar, Socotra island or Vanuatu, Scarlett merges with the surroundings and its local culture. After weeks of preparation, working closely with inhabitants, Scarlett creates a scene, where local social issues take center stage, and the vast surreal landscape becomes the chorus of a classical tragicomedy that silently comments on the subject.

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