Meet the Artist // Andrei Haesen

Andrei Haesen (@andrei.h.c) is a photographer who started his artistic journey in 2009. Graduating as an art photographer in 2021, he specializes in scenography, alternative photography, and the captivating interplay of color, light, and time. Andrei’s work focuses on capturing micro-level details and processes, slowing down or freezing time to reveal hidden beauty.

How did your artistic journey begin?

My interest in art started when I was around 11 years old, but for me it wasn’t exactly an artistic journey, and more like a new language with images that I created. The real artistic journey began when I was 17 years old, when more people got interested in my work and wanted to buy images from me. I thought then, okay, maybe I’m an artist now.

How would you describe your practice as an artist?

I studied photography but I always do my own thing in photography. Maybe I will do some research if I work with a new specific camera to understand how the camera works.

What inspires you to create your art?

I’m not sure what my inspirations are precisely. Most of the time I feel like I’m just ‘doing stuff’. I think one time, a long time ago, I was inspired by a Belgian photographer named Liam Kallen, but that was when I just started taking photographs. Now I don’t think I’m inspired by someone or somewhere specific, but if I see something interesting in the street, then I will take a picture.

What influenced your decision to come to GlogauAIR ?

A year and a half ago I was searching for galleries, so I was constantly networking and doing my research in different art spaces, and had talks here and there with artists and gallery owners. I was working four days a week in Belgium and when I had free time I always went to Berlin. After some time, I found this space. I followed GlogauAir on Instagram, and then I saw an open call, and I thought ‘Yeah, why not?’. So, I applied.

Does the city of Berlin have an influence on your production?

Talking about the production of a specific artwork of mine, the installation in which I worked with stones, I think the city of Berlin might have had an influence, as I found the first few stones in the streets when I was passing by.  I thought it was interesting and then the project became bigger and bigger.