Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1971, Vivian van Blerk has lived and worked in Paris since 1997. His photographs are fictions which unfold in parallel worlds very close to our own. Vivian employs diverse methods. Sometimes he poses actors or arranges found objects before the camera. To make other images he constructs, sculpts, models and paints. Collage, montage, alternative printing techniques and retouched negatives enrich his photographic universe.
Vivian’s curious worlds offer coherent narratives, stories which unite, harmonize and complete the fragmented cultural inheritence he received from Europe under African skies.
In 2016 Vivian discovered ceramics whilst attending at Namika Atelier in Beirut.
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