Obsessed by the sinkholes that have riddled the dried-up Dead Sea coast for several years, Sophie Ristelhueber flew over this mythical sea in 2017 to photograph her almost Martian craters, the results of real climate bombs that reflect the environmental upheavals and political conflicts that causes overexploitation of the Jordan. On the other hand, it is the Parisian asphalt, whose close-up deformations she has scrutinized, resulting in the effects of thermal contractions of bitumen or underground roots distorting what man seeks to smooth and devitalize.
Parallel to this exhibition, the Catherine Putman gallery presents a new set of editions of the artist at the same time that the Presses du Réel are releasing an updated version of the famous interviews between Sophie Ristelhueber and Catherine Grenier, director of the Giacometti Foundation and former co-director of the National Museum of Modern Art.
Finally, at the invitation of Camille Morineau, director of Monnaie de Paris and president of the AWARE association, the gallery will participate for the first time in the Paris Art fair, in a section devoted to women artists, where she will present a dialogue between the work of Anna-Eva Bergman (1909/1987) and Sophie Ristelhueber.
For over thirty years, Sophie Ristelhueber has been reflecting on the territory and its history, through a singular approach to the ruins and traces left by man in places devastated by war or by natural and cultural upheavals. Far from classic photojournalism, it focuses on exposing the facts and the imprint of history, in bodies and landscapes, making visible wounds and scars, true memories of the “facts” of the history. If she mainly uses photography in her work, Sophie Ristelhueber uses her shots to create full-fledged plastic works, playing on the material and the format of the image, its status, its setting and its installation in the world. ‘space.
The work of Sophie Ristelhueber has resulted in numerous solo exhibitions or presentations in several international institutions including MoMA (New York, US), Tate Modern (London, UK), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, CA), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, US), The Power Plant (Toronto, CA), the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation (London, UK), as well as the MNAM – Center Pompidou, the Jeu de Paume National Gallery and the MAMVP – Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris.
Sophie Ristelhueber – Sunset Years
23 March – 4 May
Galerie Jérôme Poggi
2, rue Beaubourg –
75004 Paris, France