harley weir will stage her first exhibition in amsterdam
The i-D contributor will present a solo show in the Dutch city’s Foam gallery in December.
She's shot Adwoa Aboah and Lineisy Montero for our covers. She's contributed stories that've captured the beauty of Grace Wales Bonner's clothes in Senegal, the mythical beauty of Lindsey Wixson, and moments of raw, poetic beauty. Now, the young Londoner is set for the first solo exhibition of her work, at Amsterdam's prestigious photography gallery, Foam.
The 27-year-old — who received a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins before switching to focus on photography — has found a home in the world of fashion, where she's helped pioneer a new spirit of romantic rawness that's seen her work with everyone from Vogue to Pop, and craft campaigns for Proenza Schouler and Calvin Klein. Her work sits somewhere between that of 90s greats like Wolfgang Tillmans and Juergen Teller, and the engaged, image-conscious iconography of today's web-enabled youth.
The show at Foam will unite many of her images under the title Boundaries. The exhibition will speak the intimacy of Harley's work and how it dissolves boundaries (rather than the idea of boundaries as separation) and should be seen as open and free — a kind of visual poem. We can't wait!
Text Felix Petty
Photography Harley Weir