HAUTE TENSION

“Haute tension” is photographer Henri Hadida’s exploration of confrontational yet quotidian interactions between us and the objects that inhabit our space.

He documents power lines, telephone poles and electrical transformers as they weave among tree branches and block the sky, capturing the aggression on his visual landscape by man-made interventions, exhibiting specifically those elements of his environment that go largely unnoticed.

 

A further dialogue about contradictions takes place: between order in society against clutter in our lives, between progress and the sanctity of our environment, and about the transition from ugly to beautiful aesthetic experiences. By considering the compositional value of his scenes, Hadida showcases the lack of consideration with which they were put there. He wonders, had we been asked, would we have allowed it?

 

The edits Hadida performs on his photographs flatten the images, heighten contrast, blur boundaries, and add unrealistic, fauvist coloration, emphasizing the modular grid theme that runs though the series. Some works approach pure abstraction which, when compounded with the saturated hues he chooses, emphasizes malice in the images and calls on our baser responses to be the language with which we read them. Whether it is love or hate that we feel towards them, it is experienced in opposition to the indifference that they elicit as real objects in our daily lives.http://www.henrihadida.com/gallery/haute-tensionhttp://

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