‘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 Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

Exhibitions

2018

solo show, GAM, Kerchache/Pivaty, Paris, France

Myconian collection art show, Mykonos, Greece

The Seattle Art Market Fair, Seattle, USA

solo show, Gallery Montagut, Barcelona, Spain

FotoFever, Paris, France

2017

ArtLeadHer, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London

Pen and Brush, NY

ArtBaselMiamiBeach

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

 

selected publications

Four Magazine, Hotels and lifestyle, cover & interview

Shot Magazine, Venice, Italy, cover & interview

Beautiful Bizarre, no. 17, Australia

Patrick A. Howell, Huffington Post, February 2017

 

Villa d’Arte, November 2016, cover & interview

 

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

 

Kunst und Auktionen, no. 13, August, 2013

 

Monsieur/Mademoiselle, March 2013, Ingrid Baars, mélange des genres

 

Joyce Bidouzou-Coudray, Art & Culture, The poetic psyche of female iconography, March 13, 2013

 

Valentine Plisnier, Le primitivisme dans la Photographie, nov. 2012, pp. 180-182

 

Talk, art & lifestyle, no. 22, November/December 2012

 

The Economist, Intelligent Life, October 2012

 

New York Beacon, January 19 – 25, 2012, interview Danny Simons

 

Cutting Edge, Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin Germany, 2011

 

Fresh Volume 3, MAGMA Brand design Germany, 2011

 

Illusive 3, Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin Germany, 2009

 

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

 

Ingrid Baars – Catalogue/Monograph, selected work 2000-2007, published by Artemis, The Netherlands, 2007

 

200 Best Illustrators World Wide, Lurzers Archive, 2007

 

Illusive 2, Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin Germany, 2007

 

All Alure, Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin Germany, 2006

 

200 Best Illustrators Worldwide, Lurzer’s Archive, 2005

Eneco Art Collection, Eneco Energy Co., Netherlands, 2006

 

Awards

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

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

2009 - Nominee Color Awards USA categories Advertising & Nude, Photography Masters Cup

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

2008 - Winner ADCN award, category Photography (Art Directors Club Netherlands)

2008 - Nominee Screening Award Berlin

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

1997 - Winner Illustration Year Award, The Netherlands