Noémie Goudal: Southern Light Stations
at The Photographers’ Gallery
Until 10th January 2016
French photographer Noémie Goudal first made her name with Observatoires (2013-14), a series of photographs inspired by 18th century Indian observatories. In her latest exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, Goudal returns to an astronomical theme with Southern Light Stations.
A few of these new photographs relate directly to the earlier Observatoires series with their fantastical towers set in barren landscapes. On closer examination these towers are proved to be two dimensional wood and paper constructions – a theatrical ambiguity common in Goudal’s work.
But the main attraction is the Station I-V (2015) series of photographs. In each of these tranquil and muted works Noémie Goudal sets a large sphere suspended in the sky above empty oceans and landscapes. Neither specifically lunar nor solar these huge spheres appear to be simultaneously both near and distant. In the last, Station V, an eclipse is suggested by a smoke corona encircling a blacked out disc. Are these orbs celestial objects or man-made?
Goudal’s serene celestial imagery is brilliantly enhanced by the austere circular structure in the middle of the gallery with an observatory-like divide through which Goudal’s photograph of the palest moon-like sphere can be viewed. Poised and gorgeous.
The exhibition is on until 10th January 2016.
Photographs © The London Art File
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