Erwin Olaf, ‘Waiting, La Défense 2’, 2014, Hamiltons Gallery

Please note that a larger edition 78.5 x 144 cm. exists as a Fuji Crystal Archive print in an edition of 10.

About Erwin Olaf

Known primarily for producing lush, large-format color prints of staged scenes that suggest complex narratives, Erwin Olaf explores ideas of gender, sensuality, and history in studio photography and photojournalism. His series “Fashion Victims” (2000) offers commentary on the consumerism of sex and designer labels, while “Separation” (2003) portrays an introverted family in a sterile interior space. More recently, Olaf produced “Berlin”, a series of images shot at historical locations around the German capital, including at its Olympic Stadium, and featuring Aryan children performing authoritarian roles. Of the series, which hints obliquely at Berlin’s troubled past, he has said, “I want the viewer to come up with their own story and create his or her fantasy.” Olaf has also produced film and video installations, and has photographed advertising campaigns for international companies such as Levi’s and Microsoft.

Dutch, b. 1959, Hilversum, Netherlands, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Solo Shows

2019
Haags Gemeentemuseum, 
The Hague, Netherlands,
Erwin Olaf
2019
Fotomuseum The Hague, 
The Hague, Netherlands,
Erwin Olaf
2018
Museu da Imagem e do Som, 
São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil,
Tensão - Erwin Olaf
2016
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, 
Malaga,
Cell of Emotions
2015
Galerie Rabouan Moussion, 
Paris,
Erwin Olaf, Waiting
2015
London,
Erwin Olaf: Skin Deep
2015
Amsterdam,
Waiting - Erwin Olaf
2014
the Museum of New Art, 
Detroit, MI, USA,
Breakfast in America
2013
Hasted Kraeutler, 
New York,
2010
Hermitage museum, 
Amsterdam, Netherlands,
Dusk & Dawn

Group Shows

2017
New York,
Great Journeys: The Magnum Square Print Sale In Partnership With Aperture
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