b. 1995, Adelaide, South Australia.
Lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia.
Joseph Häxan is a digital composite photographer, retoucher and filmmaker, using his own body as his model. In 2018, Häxan graduated the Bachelor of Visual Arts program at the University of South Australia. While completing an Honours study in Photography the following year, Häxan's The Black Mass series was acquired by 20th Century Fox for their popular television show American Horror Story.
"Emerging from the shadows is Joseph Häxan, a photographer and filmmaker out of Australia who is blurring the lines between our deepest fears and our wildest fantasies.
Using his own body as a model, Häxan strips down to create dark and fantastical productions, pushing the limits of the human body. His long-time fascination with the occult and devil worship is apparent throughout all that he creates, the unsettling complexities of our universe looming over us with each visual. In addition to the occult, Häxan finds inspiration in the dark and obscure underbelly of film. A movie-maker at heart, each photo series serves as a cinematic still, drenched in storytelling and strong narratives. His presentation of pitch black darkness contrasted with a confrontational white flash, lifts the curtain, unveiling the power of imagination and the exploration of life’s unanswered questions.
Häxan himself is an extraterrestrial force, a nocturnal messenger of the supernatural who challenges us to take a deeper look inside and at our surroundings, everything is not as it seems. Through the cosmic language of the human body, Häxan’s image manipulation transports us into a world of eerie comfort, shoving us into his dark abyss and throwing away the key. His work confronts us with the most raw aspects of our humanity, one that is deeply rooted in nature’s virtue, drawing us in to see the beauty in less obvious places."
'Twisted Eroticism & The Occult'
GATA Magazine, 2023