Home Fires 12: Noémie Goudal

 

In Home Fires 12, Noémie Goudal discusses her recent body of work Les Mécaniques - Tropiques (2020). Tropiques presents a series of six windows onto lush, vegetal landscapes, transporting us to the deep enclaves of the tropical basin. Closer inspection reveals a disjuncture within the hyperreal vernacular of the images, as the thick veneer of tropical vegetation stands in sharp contrast to areas of forestry belonging to the landscape of the northern hemisphere.

    • Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques I, 2020
      Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques I, 2020
    • Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques II, 2020
      Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques II, 2020
    • Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques III, 2020
      Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques III, 2020
    • Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques IV, 2020
      Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques IV, 2020
    • Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques V, 2020
      Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques V, 2020
    • Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques VI, 2020
      Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques - Tropiques VI, 2020
  • Created through Noémie Goudal's technique of installing layered photographic backdrops ('decors') in the landscape and then rephotographing them, Tropiques both...

    Created through Noémie Goudal's technique of installing layered photographic backdrops ('decors') in the landscape and then rephotographing them, Tropiques both asserts and seeks to overcome the constructed, anthropocentric perspective from which we observe the natural world.

  • The series is underpinned by Goudal's research into a recent theory claiming that during a brief warming period 15 millions...

    The series is underpinned by Goudal's research into a recent theory claiming that during a brief warming period 15 millions years ago, the rich vegetation of the earth's tropical regions spread across the whole of central Europe. Harvesting clues ranging from fossilised plants to molecules of oxygen embedded within polar ice, the series reframes the earth's landscape from the geological perspective of "deep time", measured in timescales of millions of years. From this perspective the earth is in constant transitionary flux, and landscapes that have seemingly remained stable across human history are in fact merely momentary states.

  • Making of 'Les Mécaniques - Tropiques'

  • Noémie Goudal's work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle, Switzerland; the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland; Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK; FOAM, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and the New Art Gallery Walsall, UK. Goudal’s works are included in public institutions and foundations including Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; FOAM, Amsterdam, Netherlands; David Roberts Art Foundation and Saatchi Collection, London, UK and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi, India.

  • "There is always a deliberate imperfection present in Goudal’s work, whether in the page edges, the tiled shading, or the layers of depth. It is in the act of looking at nature that the flaws of representing it are revealed."

     

    - Cliff Lauson, Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery