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Thirza Schaap

Thirza Schaap graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 1995, and has been living and working as a photographer between Cape Town and Amsterdam since 2013. Her practice is driven by a deep ecological concern and an aim to raise awareness regarding the atrocities of marine plastic pollution. Her "Plastic Ocean" works combine sculpture and photography to confront the viewer with visually pleasing and organic looking forms that are created using synthetic and unpleasing marine plastic pollution. In this way, Schaaps's works tackle contrasts between the appealing visual nature of her photographs and the disturbing environmental realities they address.

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