Strauss Louw
b.1992, South Africa


The male figure is a prominent subject in Louw’s photography, which stems from his interest in human relationships and the environments in which desire plays out. Central to his work is experimentation with photographic processes, namely the 19th century salt print process and silver gelatine print. He regularly combines glass, cloth and imitation gold leaf with these processes to reconfigure the original image. “I like to say that I am a languid photographer,” says Louw. “What I mean to express is that I don’t actively seek to photograph, but have adopted a languorous photographic methodology; a perpetual process of photographing on the fly, so to speak. Through this process I build an archive of images captured in response to my experiences.”

Louw completed his undergraduate studies in Visual Arts from the University of Stellenbosch in 2016, achieving a BAVA (hons) with distinction for his graduate show. Since then he has intermittently worked for the Visual Arts Department as a studio technician in photography and printmaking as well as part time lecturer in photography. In 2018 he completed a printmaking internship under Zhané Warren at Warren Editions and since then has participated in various group shows with SMAC (Stellenbosch), SMITH (Cape Town) and No End Contemporary (Johannesburg). Most recently his work was showcased at the Turbine Art Fair, as well as in the group exhibition Home is where the art is with Zeitz MOCAA. Currently he is completing a masters degree in visual art at the University of Stellenbosch.


Falling Awake 2021.12.01–2022.01.14


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