Dirk Hardy (born 1989, Boxtel) explores the complexity of life in an idiosyncratic and empathic way. When constructing his lifelike tableaux, he draws from a web of true events, personal memories and imagination, and responds to both large and small events in the world.
“Stories help us understand other perspectives. By welcoming the viewer to a multitude of worlds I aim to increase our ability to connect and coexist.”
In his most recent project Vivarium, Hardy displays humanity in confined spaces. For every Episode he designs, builds and photographs a new ‘world’ on a life-size scale in his studio. The final photomontages are shown life-size - one-to-one - in a light-box, creating hyper-realistic works of art that extend the real space.
Hardy lives and works in The Hague. He studied Architecture at the Eindhoven University of Technology and Photography at the Willem de Kooning Academy. In 2021 he was nominated for the Aesthetica Art Prize (UK) and BBA Photography Prize (Germany) and selected for Futures Photography, a European platform for young photographers. Hardy's work has been exhibited at, among others at Photo Basel (Switzerland), York Art Gallery (UK), MOYA, Museum of Young Art (The Netherlands) and Ministry of Finance (Netherlands). Hardy is represented by Rutger Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam. His work is part of various collections, including the Henri Swagemakers collection.