Impenetrable Darkness


An interview with Joseph Häxan

“For me the mystery is far more interesting than the resolution…”

Joseph Häxan won our ‘AFTER DARK’ theme with a troubling and impenetrable image – a vulnerable, bloodied body, glistening silver party streamers, and an empty, dark abyss – which our jury described as conjuring the worst emotions of the night – fear, horror, violence, distress…

We posed some questions to Joseph, keen to understand more about his influences and creative process, and his responses, covering topics as broad as the importance of personal brand, Gwen Stefani’s album art, and the dark allure of suburbia, were as exciting and challenging as you might expect from his image-making….

(Banner image: Fire in the Sky, from the series Body Horror)