Alexander Sporre (1988, Zwolle) is a Dutch photographer, whose work addresses philosophical — and often poetic — dimensions. Sporre turns his lens towards his direct surroundings in an effort to see beyond the veil of tangible reality and rational self. Intrigued by the concept of failure in a success-dominated society, Sporre is looking for imperfection — for him, it comes closest to the essence of existence. In his photographic work, operating on the border of fiction and non-fiction, this is expressed through the imagery of somewhat imperfect and lyrical nature. With that, the artist seeks ways to address the idea of the illusory nature of a sense of reality.
Alexander Sporre has graduated from the Photo Academy Amsterdam in 2017. The same year, he received the New Dutch Talent award by GUP. In 2018, Sporre was selected as Haute Talent, thanks to which his work was introduced in Stockholm and Rotterdam at Haute Photographie. Since then, his photography has been presented in the Netherlands and internationally — in Japan and Switzerland. Exhibition venues include Museum Hilversum, Foam Editions Gallery, Unseen, Haute Photographie, and This Art Fair. Next to the private collections, Sporre’s works are included in Aegon Art Collection.
Parallel Universes of the Self
Alexander Sporre sees his photography as a by-product of a metaphysical search for a sense of reality. In his recent project Parallel Universes of the Self, Sporre questions the everyday construct of reality. He is researching the ways to reach a getaway into the subconscious mind and a parallel, abstract, universe — pursuing an escape from the mundane. That said, the artist investigates reality not as experienced through our senses, but as that which transcends matter; a world of timeless and everlasting ideas and forms. Alexander Sporre uses (un)conventional photography techniques – combining both analogue and digital methods — to abstract the known reality as much as possible, and to create an entirely new vision. “I try to avoid connecting words or themes to my photography, as it’s in the intangibility of the photograph where words are made redundant,” says Alexander.
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