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.
Exhibition September 06, 2020 -
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-
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.
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Julian Charrière, Towards No Earthly Pole, Vostok, 2019. © the artist, 2020, Pro Litteris, Zürich