Ugo Woatzi | Chameleon
Exhibition opening: Saturday 9th March, 5pm
HAZARD Gallery is delighted to invite you to join us to celebrate the opening of CHAMELEON, an exhibition of works made on residency at HAZARD Gallery over the past month by Belgian artist, Ugo Woatzi.
Ugo Woatzi is a Photographer and Visual Artist working between Brussels (BE) and Johannesburg (SA). In 2012 he studied a degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Toulouse University and Galatasaray University of Istanbul with a focus on gender studies. In 2016 he chose to join the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg where he started focusing on photography full time. In 2017 he integrated the master of photography at the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels.
Ugo is developing himself as a queer artist. He is focusing on the bond between gender, body and space while celebrating and questioning the diversity of masculinities. He creates his photographs through evocations of his own experiences and people from his community. His aesthetic explores the use of lights, colours, shapes and shadow by creating staged images and visual metaphors.
“Chameleon”, a visual story about visibility, is a conversation between masculinities and spaces. It is an exploration of people beside the heteronormative structure, people who try to exist, to find their happiness, love and safe spaces. Is it a personal and collective story where each photograph is a feeling, a fragment of life, a statement, an escape through beauty, and form part of a global visual activism.