“Bunitesa de Dekadensia, the ‘Beauty of Decay’ is a recurring theme in my work.”
Monique Harbers was born in 1968 in Dalfsen, a small village near Zwolle in the Netherlands. She studied Latin American Languages & Cultures at the University of Leiden, and for a total of two years at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. She lived in Spain on and off for 5 years.
In 2009, she moved to Curaҫao, and this where her interest for photography develops into her art. She is inspired by the island’s decaying old buildings and plantation homes, and is fascinated by discovering beauty in these old structures. Nature taking over, and architecture overgrown with weeds is a favorite topic in her photography.
Being inspired by the island, it is not surprising that her first and second solo exhibition bear the name: ‘Beyesa di Korsou’: the Beauty of Curaҫao, in 2010, and ‘Diversidat di Korsou’: the Diversity of Curaҫao, in 2011. These exhibitions show a series of photographs portraying the transitory nature of aesthetics.