Opening: Wed, 08.07.2020, 19:00
To explore landscape’s dual character as a geographical reality on the one hand, and – culturally determined – perception of a location or scenery on the other with the help of photographic images is one of the guiding motives in the work of French artist Noémie Goudal. In elaborate productions, she stages natural landscapes and creates large-format images, mainly in black and white. For example, she positions huge mirrors in a landscape in such a way that the sections reflected on the mirrors merge into a cubist version of the scenery.
At first glance, Goudal’s photographs are reminiscent of the American landscape photography of Ansel Adams or Paul Strand, whose straight photography aimed to depict nature as it is. The idea of an unambiguous reality, however, has become untenable; we know that our cultural socialization, as well as many other factors, impacts and shapes our respective perceptions of reality. Goudal starts from this point by exploring the dialectical potential of the photographic image. She works with image analysis and dissects reality into layers or fragments, thus incorporating the constructiveness of the image from the outset. With her installations, the artist creates spatial and mental extensions of her pictorial content.
For the KUNST HAUS WIEN Garage, Noémie Goudal has designed a space-filling wooden construction that serves as display for her unique photographic works and, at the same time, points to the constructive character of reality.
Noémie Goudal comes from France and was born in 1984. In 2010, she graduated from the Royal College of Art with a master’s degree in photography. She lives and works in Paris and London. Her works have been exhibited internationally. Her most recent solo exhibitions were at the Swiss Musée des beaux-arts du Locle, the Fotomuseum Fotografiska in Stockholm and the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki.
Curator: Verena Kaspar-Eisert