‘l’Afrique!’ is a fascinating ongoing project by Ingrid Baars inspired by the richness of African cultural heritage in all its diversity, incorporating as it does both the human and the non-human.

The amalgamation of classical African cult objects with fashion and real women enables the artist to transcend the natural and constitute an outer worldly realm that feels near but that is, upon closer inspection, a bit unsettling; the aestheticism and romanticism of beauty are imbued with a deeper sense of awareness, of consciousness. Armed with an innate aesthetic compass and quintessential style she evokes a phantasmagorical universe.

Baars unique style of working is a one-person endeavor from the preliminary photo-shoot to the photographic manipulation (merging photography, high-end fashion and traditional African sculpture). Her works are made entirely by her.

 

Ingrid Baars

Dordrecht, 1969, The Netherlands

Ingrid Baars lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

 

Exhibitions

2016

Laeremans Gallery, Brussels

Context Art Fair, NY, Rademakers Gallery

ArtLeadHer, Joseph Gross Gallery, NY

Art Southampton, Rademakers Gallery

Solo show, Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam

Photo St. Germain, Galerie Bernard Dulon, Paris

ABMB, Rademakers Gallery

 

2015

Group/solo show, Ozwald Boateng, London

Group show, Christie’s Multiplied Art Fair, London

 

2014

Group show, BRAFA, Brussels, Whitford Fine Art, London

Bruneaf, Brussels

Parcours des Mondes, Paris

Group show, Christie’s Multiplied Art Fair, London

Group/solo show, Ozwald Boateng, London

 

2013

Solo show L’Afrique c’est Chic, Portraits, FAS, Brussels

Solo show L’Afrique, Part Two, Pien Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam

Group show, BRAFA, Brussels, Whitford Fine Art, London

Group show, Palm Beach Art Fair, Whitford Fine Art, London

Group show, Impressions/ d’Afrique, Fine Art Studio, Brussels

Group show, Parcours des Monde, Paris, Agbessi Contempoary Art, Paris

Parcours des Mondes, Alcazar, Paris

Group show, Le choix de Valentine Plisnier, Galerie Vallois, Paris

Solo show, L’Afrique, Agbessi Contemporary Art, Paris

 

2012

Solo show ‘L’Afrique C’est Chic’ Galerie Rademakers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group show Kunst RAI Rademakers Gallery, The Hague, The Netherlands

Solo show ‘L’Afrique C’est Chic’ Galerie FAS, Brussels, Belgium

Group show PAN Art Fair Rademakers Gallery, The Hague, The Netherlands

Group show ARTI Rademakers Gallery, The Hague, The Netherlands

Solo show ‘L’Afrique C’est Chic’ Galerie FAS, Paris, France

Solo show ‘L’Afrique C’est Chic’ Galerie Whitford, London, UK

 

2011

Group Show Photo Biennale, Naarden, The Netherlands

Group show ARTI Rademakers Gallery, The Hague,  The Netherlands

Group show Affordable Art Fair, Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group Show Miljonair Fair, Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group Show ‘Neekid Black Gurls’, RushArts Gallery, New York, USA

Group Show Realisme Art Fair, Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group Show London Art Fair, Whitford Gallery, London, UK

Group Show BRAFA Art Fair, Brussels, Whitford Gallery London UK

 

2010

Solo show ‘ScreenSiren ArtistLover, V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Solo show ‘Ingrid Baars’ Tartuca Gallery, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Group show V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

2009

Solo show ‘ScreenSiren ArtistLover’ V!’ps Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group show V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

2008

Solo show ‘Ingrid Baars’, Club Sense, Paris, France

Group show V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

2007

Solo show ‘Inside/Outside V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Group show V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

2006

Solo show ‘GLAM’, Scream Gallery, London, UK

Group show V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

2005

Solo show ‘Ingrid Baars’ V!p’s Gallery Rotterdam The Netherlands

Group show ‘Icons’, BOZAR Museum, Brussels, Belgium

Group show Gallery Blow Up, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group show ‘Exposition de primavera’, Collection Moraira Gallery, Alicante, Spain

Group show Art Valencia Fair, Isabel Bilbao Gallery, Valencia, Spain

Group show Isabel Bilbao Gallery, Javea-Alicante, Spain

Group show V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

2004

Group show Blow Up Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Solo show’Landsapes’, Gadiot e Mas Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Group show Lineart, V!p’s Gallery, Gent, Belgium

Group show ‘Artemania’, Isabel Bilbao Gallery, Javea-Alicante, Spain

Group show V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

2003

Solo show ‘About Face’, V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Solo show ‘FACED’, Blow Up, Gallery Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group show, V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

2001

Solo show ‘Passion Play’, V!p’s Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

1999

Group show ‘Terugblik ’99-‘89’, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

 

Awards

 

1997 - Winner Illustration Year Award, The Netherlands

2005 - Nominee category Photography by ADCN (Art Directors Club                        Netherlands)

2008 - Winner category Photography by ADCN

2008 - Nominee Screening Award Berlin

2009 - Nominee Color Awards USA categories Advertising & Nude – Photography            Masters Cup – 3rd Annual

2009 - Nominee NYPF 2009 – New York Photo Festival – category Fine Art

2011 - Winner  2nd place – Merit of Excellence - Color Awards USA category           Fashion, Photography Masters Cup – 5rd Annual

2011 - Nominee - Color Awards USA category Nude, Photography Masters Cup – 5rd Annual

2011 - Winner ‘Commended’ category The Nude – L’Afrique C’est Chic!’ LPA         London Photographic Association

 

Books

 

Ingrid Baars, L’Afrique, Catalogue/Monography, Ed. By Barabara VanderLinden, Fine Art Studio, 2013

Cutting Edge - published by Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin Germany, 2011

Fresh Volume 3 – published by MAGMA Brand design Germany, 2011

Illusive 3 – published by Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin Germany, 2009

The Keywords on Visual Arts in The Netherlands - published by IDEAfried Studio Taiwan, 2008

Ingrid Baars – Monography selected work 2000-2007, published by Artemis, The Netherlands, 2007

200 Best Illustrators World Wide - published by Lurzers Archive, 2007

Illusive 2 – published by Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin Germany, 2007

All Alure– published by Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin Germany, 2006

200 Best Illustrators Worldwide - Published by Lurzer’s Archive ,2005

Eneco Art Collection -  published by Eneco Energy Co., 2006