Dani Hasrouni,  Syrian photographer and artist

Born in Damascus, Syria in 1991
Lives in Damascus, Syria

As an emergent young photographer and digital artist Dani Hasrouni already has proved his creative talent. He is a graduate in Visual Communication from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, with specializations as photography, digital art and design since 2014. Dani Hasrouni lives in Damascus, Syria.

Behind the lens of his camera, with a gaze full of sensibility, Dani Hasrouni sets the scene: an introspective universe, conceptual and abstract where the shots of the damascene photographer transcribe a strange atmosphere, intimate and unreal, like weightless and suspended off of context, offering a blurred landscape, populated by oneiric silhouettes, who such as evanescent ghosts seem to haunt and transcend space and time, in a surprising dynamic movement, fluidity and lightness.

The work of Dani Hasrouni explores the spatio-temporal qualities of technique, playing with what look like plumes of smoke left by the motion of a body in the image. In a beautiful range of pastel colors or black and white, the photographs interact with the medium in which the blur effect is explored as a means of making the change and fundamental instability of our being in the world visible. In unveiling through his images a reality buried beneath the apparent stability of our bodies, in offering us a poetic vision with a nostalgic emotion, the artist leads us immersed in the sensible.

Artist’s statement

In our universe, there are motion and stillness, light and dark, but is there a third state? We learned in physics that if the Cummins difference is present between two poles, then the current passes between the two, which implies that our world is built on a dualism based on continual motion, which it would be naive to counter-resist, and which can only move with it. Such motion also exists between soul and body, which should remain in its natural state, and should not be under siege. So in order to express this idea through photography, I choose informal people, and to add a magnified distortion effect, I use canvas curtains, lit in the background by a diffuse light. The silhouettes are shaped by leaving their footprints, between light and shadow, suggesting the soul that tries to synchronize with the body containing it. The expressiveness of movement allows silhouettes invest their forms as may be polymorphic and shimmering through the dissipation of the crystallized light in different values, this also reflects the proximity of the fabric that allows light to play between the two.

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