Body - 2ND PLACE WINNER: Caff Adeus
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In his most dynamic and thought-provoking exhibition to date, Caff Adeus sheds light on his own inner turmoil by warping reality to visually depict the manifestation of stress, doubts, insecurities, depression, trauma, anxiety, and the like, and how all of these things silently push and bend us from within. This collection of photographs explores an altered consciousness in which repetitive, highly destructive, repressed, and unhealthy thoughts physically mutate the human body beyond it’s natural capacity, until the darkness inside is visible to the world. His theory reaches a hauntingly beautiful conclusion through subtle manipulation of the images to expose the wolf beneath the wool.
Although surreal in it’s execution, Woolvs summons a collective reality in which anxiety, trauma, stress, and even death, largely loom. Bridging the gap using professional dancers, Caff Adeus is able to tell a very important story through photographs that is often neglected. The ultimate goal is to use Woolvs’ to bring awareness to the individuals dealing with mental disorders, the courageous LGBTQ community struggling to be themselves, and the brave individuals on the battlefield against PTSD.
Caff Adeus is an Eritrean-American artist and photographer. Common themes in his artworks include mental health, isolation, and love. Often using trained ballet dancers as his models and muses, Adeus captures clean, dynamic portraits and thought provoking scenes, that tell stories of his personal struggles and experiences.