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Ten Haaf Projects is pleased to announce “S poonerism\,” a solo exhibition by French multimedia artist Thomas Mailaender. Commonly referring to a humorous error in speech or intentional play on words\, the term spoonerism applies visually to some of Mailaender’s works\, which are based on deliberate absurdities that make sense. With that in mind\, the show brings attention to the unexp ected connections that might occur when interpreting a mix of objects: curi ous cyanotypes\, a hanging mobile of yellow ceramic smileys and a tattooed toilet\, for instance.  

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While Mailaender’s projects might involve media such as ceramics\, tattoos\, toilet paper\, stone and live chickens\, the majority feature photography in a contemporary way\, often by creating phot omontages\, to incorporate self-portraits or other images collected from fl ea markets and the Internet. Previous series include “Sponsoring\,” a set o f bank check ceremony pictures found on big companies’ websites that Mailae nder stepped into through an extremely time-consuming process of photo-mani pulation\, placing himself as the proud recipient of giant checks represent ing over three million dollars in donations from various firms.  

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In add ition to creating “The Fun Archive” image bank and producing a number of bo oks\, Mailaender frequently collaborates with remarkable specialists\, work that leads to some surprising results\, namely “Life is a Beach” (2006) wi th sand sculpture champion Benoit Dutherage and “Extreme Tourism” (2011)\; twenty self-portraits integrated into magma landscape shots by professional volcano photographer Steve Young.  

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Born in 1979\, Thomas Mailaender li ves in Marseille and Paris. Having earned a master’s degree from École Nati onale des Arts Décoratifs Paris\, Mailaender continued his studies for a ye ar at La Villa Arson in Nice. Since 2009\, his work has been shown in exhib itions throughout Europe\, as well as in New York and Monterrey\, Mexico. I n 2013\, he was one of the 100 international photographers nominated for th e Foam Paul Huf Award. This is Mailaender’s first solo exhibition in The Ne therlands.

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