19 September to 10 November 2011 – Carbon 12 – Dubai
Carbon 12 proudly presents Erwin Olaf’s exhibition “High Tension”, the first solo exhibition of his work in the Middle East.
“High Tension” not only gives an overview of Erwin Olaf’s oeuvre of photographs, spanning almost 30 years, but also highlights his distinct individualistic style. Erwin Olaf’s exploration of issues like gender, sex, despair and grace, are humorous and tragic, both metaphysical and hyper-realistic. By confronting his subjects with perfectionist settings, and the element of chance that comes in form of the model’s ephemeral expression, the works conserve a form of tension, a potential energy that goes beyond the paradigm of photography.
“High Tension” is not a common photo exhibition: not afraid of social issues and taboos, the visual drama and the emotional impact wind each other up and up in a trademark ‘Olafian’ way.
Olaf is most famous for his commercial and personal work. He has been commissioned to photograph advertising campaigns for large international companies such as Levi’s, Microsoft and Nokia Some of his most famous photographic series include “Grief”, “Rain”, and “Royal Blood”. Never one to shy away from controversy, Olaf’s work is often daring and provocative. Humorously however, one of his early photographs was once expelled from a show on the basis of not containing nudity.
His work has received many awards and he has held exhibitions around the world.
Olaf studied journalism in the School of Journalism in Utrecht.