The French artist Noémie Goudal (b. 1984) is known for her photographic works that combine staged elements with natural landscapes. Goudal’s works play tricks on perception, making the viewer doubt their senses. What is real? Where are the boundaries between imagined, natural and human-made?
Goudal produces her photographic works using traditional methods: they are shot on film in actual locations. On set, she adds set pieces made of wood, fabric, paper or mirrors, for example. In her earlier works, Goudal merged different landscapes together by first printing one landscape onto a large-format print and then photographing the print in a new landscape. In her latest works, she has carried out ever more challenging and complex staging. Goudal also combines unstaged photographs to staged ones, intentionally leaving traces of their constructed nature in the final works. These little hints make the viewer’s brain observe the photographs more closely, interpreting them more critically.
”I find it interesting that our brains are so used to seeing perspective, that every time you offer a brain the possibility of seeing it, he takes it and it fills in the rest of the image. However, when you see the fold of the paper or the thin ropes, hopefully your brain can navigate better and you feel a bit more inclined to really go into the image. I think that if you understand the construct of the photo, you can project yourself better into it and spend more time with it.”
The large solo exhibition including photography and video works will first be on view at The Finnish Museum of Photography, from where it continues to Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden.
Noémie Goudal is a French artist who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 with an MA in Photography and lives and works between Paris and London.
With the support of Institut français
Quotes: The Enduring Image, GUP 2017, an interview with Noémie Goudal by Nora Uitterlinden