* Haute Talent 2019 *
Lucas Hardonk doesn’t consider himself a photographer. More accurately, he isn’t interested in using photography as a tool for documenting reality, but rather as part of a research into the mechanism of the process of information. The whole idea of ‘reality’ is something he considers a personal construct, something that happens subconsciously. By taking his own images from their original context through a process of deconstruction and reconstruction, Hardonk challenges the viewer to reconsider how thin the line is between information and non-information, subject and object, and fact and fiction.
Hardonk physically alters and manipulates photographic prints; dissecting, layering, xeroxing, printing on unusual materials are all part of his practice. This opens a new perspective on the subject portrayed and allows the viewer to reinterpret the work, and even the photographic medium itself. By taking photographically archetypical subjects, such as horizons and mountains, Lucas reinforces this by appealing to our collective consciousness.
Hardonk graduated from KABK, The Hague in 2010.
The Haute Talent Program is supported by:
Loyens & Loeff, Het Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds and The G.Ph. Verhagen-Stichting.