Joseph Häxan | The Rite of Spring



The Rite of Spring, a comprehensive exhibition comprising works from my Body Horror series, reveals a hyper-stylised version of the final moments of the earth. Using myself as my only model in the works, I choreograph scenes of debased human interaction and hysteria, lit by a sterile and punishing white light. It is my hope that the kind of fantasied omnipotence these works encourage could also evoke in their audience a kind of ‘Ozymandian Realisation’ when one recognises themselves among the bodies they see. In a related sense, the works also serve as manifestations of my acute anxiety surrounding my health and natural decline. My wish to be continually reborn and live forever through fame or supernatural means, and the inherent difficulty in accepting my insignificance. The Rite of Spring makes reference to Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral composition of the same name, and its use in Walt Disney’s Fantasia, which depicts the processes of the young earth’s evolution and regeneration after catastrophic events. 

Joseph Haxän (b. 1995) is an Adelaide-based artist who graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) 2018. Solo exhibitions: Torment of Life, Paradise of Hell, 2019 (Floating Goose Studios) and Botanicals, 2019 (The Bridgewater Mill). Notable achievements include Creative-Licensed Photographer for 20th Century Fox’s American Horror Story (2018), Photo Supplier for Vice America and Vice France (2018 - 19) and Life Framer Photography Prize exhibition, ClampArt Gallery (2018).