For over thirty years, Sophie Ristelhueber has continued a reflection on territory and its history, through a unique approach to the ruins and traces left by mankind in those places devastated by war or by natural and cultural upheaval. Far from the classical photo story, she strives to implement the bare act and the stamp of history on both the body and on the landscape, by rendering visible wounds and scars, veritable memories of the “acts” of history.
If she essentially turns to photography in her work, Sophie Ristelhueber utilizes her shooting to create full plastic works, playing with the material and the format of the image, its status, its framework and its installation in space.
Coinciding with A Handful of Dust, the artist is joined by curator David Campany in conversation about her work, sharing insights to her methods, experiences and approaches.
Sophie Ristelhueber‘s work has been exhibited in numerous international institutions, among which MoMA (New York, US), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, US), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, US), The Power Plant (Toronto, CA), Tate Modern (London, GB), Imperial War Museum (London, GB), biennials of Johannesburg, Sao Paulo, Triennial of Etchigo-Tsumari, Rencontres d’Arles, and in Paris : MNAM /Centre Pompidou, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Musée Zadkine, Musée Rodin, among many others.
David Campany is a writer, curator and artist. His recent books, which are also exhibitions, include The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip; The Still Point of the Turning World: between film and photography; and Walker Evans: the magazine work. A book of photographs, Adventures in the Lea Valley, made in collaboration with Polly Braden, was published last year.