Noémie Goudal



Three photographic series – Telluris, Soulèvement and Démantèlement – form the basis of Noémie Goudal’s site-specific installation. Uniting them is a dual focus on real and imaginary geographies to create a space that oscillates between material existence and virtual projection, albeit with an analogue approach.


A skeletal wooden structure houses the works to enhance their manmade qualities; a dense and sprawling construction of vertical and horizontal lines that is configured into dizzying cube formations. This objecthood mimics the visual worlds that are conjured within Telluris – fabricated mountainscapes in the desert comprised of twenty-five stacked wooden cubes.

Works from Soulèvement also feature, summoning illusionary views that magically restructure the material appearance of jagged rock formations through the use of mirrors that turn them into fragmented image scenarios, in the process orientating new sensory experiences of the landscape and reminding us we need images of the world in order to make it comprehensible.

By a process of subtraction Démantèlement sees Goudal once again sculpts the landscape but by gradually reducing, and eventually totally obliterating, the sight of ridges and actual mountain peaks over a typology of images to challenge viewers’ geological gaze.

Disbelief and reflexivity are at the centre of Goudal’s experimentation with the photographic medium.

Born in 1984, Noémie Goudal is graduated from the Royal College of Art and the St Martins School in London. She lives and works in Paris. Her recent solo exhibitions took place at the Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki, 2018), Fotografska (Stockholm, 2018), Le BAL (Paris, 2016), The Photographers’s Gallery (London, 2015), the FOAM (Amsterdam, 2015) and The New Art Gallery Walsall (UK, 2014). In 2019, her work has been shown at the Musée des Beaux Arts of Le Locle in Switzerland, at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery in Australia and at the Kuntsverein in Hildesheim, Germany.


She has participated in numerous group shows in institutions such as the Saatchi gallery in 2013 or the Venice Biennale in 2015 (Pavillion of Azerbaijan). Goudal’s work is held in the permanent collections of FOAM museum (NL), The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (IN), Fotomuseum Winterthur (DE), The New Art Gallery Walsall (UK), Musée de la Roche-Sur-Yon (FR) and private collections in America, Europe and Asia. She has received awards from leading photographic organisations including HSBC Prix pour la Photographie in 2013 (France), in 2018 she has received the Mention of Honor of the Shpilman International Prize (The Israel Museum, Jerusalem), she has been nominated for the Prix Pictet and for the Deutsche Börse Prize from 2016 to 2019, and for the Foam Paul Huf Award (Holland) in 2013, 2014 and 2018. In 2018, she did a residency at the Richard Neutra House in Los Angeles, and is currently in residency at La Manufacture de Sèvres in France.

Goudal is represented in London by Edel Assanti (London) and Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris).


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