Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Graham Hains

Oct 21, 2014 - Sarah Pedde

In this post I am presenting you photographs by Graham Hains. He is an Australian artist and photographer living in Berlin. The images are part of his projects which emerged during a four years stay in Indonesia. The first series shows Indonesian, muslim families in their homes. Interesting about the pictures is not only the documentary glance into their living rooms but also how the portraied are clearly involved within the photographic situation. Through smiling for the camera they control their own image. These two pictures show Ayu, a Indonesian woman. Ayu is working as a domestic in Jakarta. Both images are staged yet they reflect on her real life. She wears her traditional dress, designed for festive ocasions. The outfit can only be worn by a woman who is a native of Ayu’s area, as all areas of Indonesia has site specific batik. The second photograph shows Ayu in a working situation. The picture is staged yet it reflects her everyday labor. By photographing her in a closed situation Graham Hains hints on the issue of female rights and the working situation of woman. [gallery ids="38512,38514"]