ARTWORK | SANJA MARUSIC | FIGURES UNDER THE SUN
Sanja Marusic (b. 1991, Amsterdam) won at age seventeen the Elle Photography Award and was admitted to the Royal Academy of Arts in the Netherlands. She graduated as one of the youngest students, with an Honorable Award. In 2013 she won the Photo Academy Award. Her work has been exhibited in e.g. Moam&Foam Photography Museum and the Unseen Photo Festival in Amsterdam and diverse international group exhibitions and art fairs. In 2016 Marusic’s series ‘Flowers in December’ was published in the New York Times.
When traveling through outstretched, desolate landscapes with bright contrasts, you might notice quite some correlations with the distinctive photography of Sanja Marusic. Though human figures appear in almost every frame, they are not the center of the images Marusic creates: the landscape is the real protagonist in her stories. The humans are not being portrayed, but rather used as props. They seem to be unaware of the camera, their bodies coiled in uncomfortable positions or even brought out of focus. Her images suggest the transition between two moments; the in-between shots that most photographers dismiss. It’s actually these images that are esthetically most pleasing.
Figures Under The Sun (2016), her newest series, is very distinguishable as Marusic’s work: an erratic and desolate landscape with extremely saturated colors, and human figures with disguised faces. At the same time it signals a new course in her body of work: while experimenting with colors and shapes, Marusic keeps pushing the boundaries of image making with radical interventions. Floating geometrical shapes enter her dreamlike world in Technicolor.