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WILLAS Contemporary : Bastiaan Woudt : Monochromatic Minimalism


WILLAS Contemporary presents the first solo exhibition in the Nordic countries of Bastiaan Woudt (1987, NL).

Bastiaan Woudt began his photographic practice only a decade ago, with no experience or formal training. He has since then developed a distinct signature style — by experimenting with both camera and post-production techniques. Drawing inspiration from classic black-and-white photographs by 20th-century masters Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, he aims to capture the quality of analogue photography through digital means.

Woudt’s photography represents an exploration of abstraction and form in pursuit of what he refers to as ‘monochromatic minimalism’. In his work, you will find deep charcoal tones, sublime dance with light and shadow, and precise compositions with a hint of surrealism. Woudt’s work plays with the beauty of imperfection — often inspired by 50s, 60s and 70s photography.

Woudt uses his gut feeling to guide the process. You’ll rarely find mood boards in his studio or detailed shooting lists. Besides intricate portraits and minimalistic nudes captured in his studio, he loves travelling to exotic places in Africa, Nepal and Morocco.

The Dutch artist has published ten photobooks to date and exhibited widely at international fairs such as Paris Photo, AIPAD New York, Photo London, Photo Shanghai and Photo Market at Fotografiska. His portfolio includes commissions for clients such as Harper’s Bazaar, British Vogue, New York Magazine and Numéro Paris — to name a few. In 2022, his first solo museum exhibition Twist was held at Bergen’s Museum Kranenburgh.


Preview January 18th 2024 from 18 – 20 – Limited number of seats – RSVP is required – first come first served.

Breakfast and Artist talk on January 19th from 07.45-08.45 hosted by IVAR – RSVP is required.


WILLAS contemporary – IVAR
Tändstickspalatset – Våstra Trådgårdsgatan 15
115 20 Stockholm – Sweden

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