Images – © Ingrid Baars
One of my favourite photographers and artists at the moment is Ingrid Baars. Her work can be quite mixed, some pieces feel ethereal, soft and light, others are incredibly blunt, sharp and quite disturbing. Her monochrome montages are brilliant, but I absolutely love the coloured pieces for their boldness.
The first thing I thought when I saw her work was how clear the similarities were, between her own imagery and that of the Dadaists’. I’ve always been fascinated with Dada art since I was at school, my favourites were by Raoul Hausmann. A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be in New York for the final leg of a touring Dada exhibition at the MoMA, featuring most infamously perhaps Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain”. Although there certainly was plenty of substance and emotional investment within the Dada movement, I think what I most like was the irreverent defiance of the art critic, the Dadaist movement effectively let artists take the wheel and create the art they felt needed to be made.
Bottom Left & Right – Raoul Hausmann