Cosmic Surgery




Alma Haser (1989, Germany), at first being her own willing and available model, has been working on self-portraits since her graduation in 2010. More recently, she has started taking portraits of other people and has also started to combine her fine art background with photography. While using origami in the past as props in her photographs, this paper-folding technique now has become an integral part of the final image. The result, Cosmic Surgery, has three distinct stages. After photographing her sitter, Alma then prints multiple images of the subjects face and folds them into a complicated construction, similar to origami, which then gets placed back onto the original face of the portrait. Finally, the whole thing is re-photographed, producing something quite alien, as if the manipulated faces belong to a futuristic species. By 'defacing' her models, Alma Haser has sculpted their portraits into somewhat disquieting 2.0 versions of themselves.