Noémie Goudal’s work explores the relationship between the natural and the artificial, science and imagination, construction and invention. Through her creations, she questions landscapes from different points of view, as if to elaborate a way of looking. Fascinated by the relationship between a physical landscape and its mental elaboration, she plays on the object it represents as well as what it historically represented in collective imaginary. Part of the artist’s work consists of big installations and sculptures she makes from the ground up and photographs on site, thus opening “other spaces”, like those described by philosopher Michel Foucault. The combination of fictional and geographic spaces creates “heterotopias”: concrete places that contain our imagination.
In choosing Rethinking Nature / Rethinking Landscape as the theme for this year’s joint project, the European Month of Photography Association has sought to harness the power of photography in order to extend the debate on ecological issues through new and inventive ways of looking at nature and landscape.
The five artists selected display a deep interest in the complexities of the relationship between Man and nature, each one reconsidering in his or her own way the modes of representation and fictions related to nature and landscape.
Vanja Bučan’s photographs plunge the viewer into a dreamlike, phantasmagorical universe with curiously arranged ecosystems. Inka&Niclas presents disturbed visions of landscapes that are both strange and sublime, while Danila Tkachenko’s photographs of ruined Russian rural villages bear witness to an historical era that has vanished. Anastasia Mityukova’s and Maria-Magdalena Ianchis’ representations of Greenland’s icebergs and icescapes employ different forms of mental and real imagery to create installations where the core concept of the archive and memory are attempts to embody the “stigmata” of the Anthropocene and to fill the void left by photography’s failure to represent the complexity of nature.