Images © Walter
The autobiographical series What I Did On My Summer Vacation is inspired by real-life travels and wistful make-believe. Segers uses the cultural icon Ken for societal and political commentary by placing Ken in witty staged scenarios. His observations about Ken dolls dressing style and colourful early-1960s are eye opening: vintage Ken was a “beautiful” man - not rugged or handsome, but pretty – and Walter mirrors himself to Ken, and those ideal measurements. Throughout the photographs their ensembles change with every destination and are key to communicating the moods of each location through the Ken dolls’ personalities. This series explores the interaction between location and individuals thus influencing each other.
Born and raised in Belgium, Walter Segers has been happily creating art in Toronto since 1993. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2008 and received OCADU's prestigious M.C. McCain Post Graduate Photography Residency in 2009. His photo-based works have been shown in Toronto at 1313, Spin, Show, Propeller, P|M, John B. Aird and the Gladstone galleries. In Ontario, he exhibited at Open Studio in Sudbury and at FHM in Cambridge. Segers’ photographs have been shown internationally in Prague and Zlín in the Czech Republic, New York, and his most recent exhibition ‘double vision’ was in Belgium. The online magazine and art app Wondereur featured the series What I Did On My Summer Vacationand Segers has been published in Frank by The Genteel, Fab Magazine, IN TORONTO, Pixie & Rotter and Papirmasse. His latest work was published in ArtWindsor magazine.
Learn more about the artist and his work at: Walter Segers