Press Release

With Towards No Earthly Pole the Aargauer Kunsthaus is presenting the work of the Swiss artist Julian Charrière (b. 1987). The subject of travel as well as the actual expedition assume a central importance in his artistic practice. Time and again, he seeks out regions that have global significance for our past, present and future. For his latest, monumental film work Towards No Earthly Pole he journeyed to the most inhospitable parts of the planet: the Antarctic, Greenland and Iceland, but also extraordinary domestic topographies such as the alpine glaciers.



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Julian Charrière, Towards No Earthly Pole

Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (Switzerland)

06.09.2020 - 03.01.2021




Exhibition September 06, 2020 -January 03, 2021. Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aargauerplatz, Regierungsviertel - 5001 Aarau (Switzerland). T. +41 (0)62 835 23 30.  Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am:5pm, Thursday 10am:8pm.







The projection that lends its title to the solo exhibition allows the viewers to immerse themselves in fascinating ice landscapes, and transports them into a remote and deserted spot. It shows regions that we think we know thanks to collectively constructed images, but which very few of us have visited in person. The depiction of these places in Charrièe’s feature-length film work astonishes with its deliberately subjective, poetic reproduction of these unusual territories.

Other works in the exhibition—photographs, sculptures, videos and installations—are steeped in the artist’s curiosity about understanding the environment: photographs of idyllic palm beaches treated with radioactive material, floating globes stripped of their surface information, or pictures showing Charrièe himself melting a glacier. For visitors, the tour of the exhibition becomes a journey through the cosmos of Charrièe, who is both artist and researcher, and offers an engagement with the inseparable connection between humanity and nature.

Julian Charrière, Towards No Earthly Pole, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau

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Julian Charrière, Towards No Earthly Pole, Vostok, 2019. © the artist, 2020, Pro Litteris, Zürich

Julian Charrière, Towards No Earthly Pole, Vostok, 2019. © the artist, 2020, Pro Litteris, Zürich