Part of the Ballarat Inernational Foto Biennale 2019

Noémie Goudal is a French visual artist living in London who works with photography, film and installation. Telluris (from the Latin tellus for the earth) extends her earlier investigations into the sky to focus upon the earth.

Journeying through Goudal’s installation, the viewer will encounter works from the artist’s last three photographic series; each depicting what look to be remote mountainous landscapes. Three dimensional in appearance, the images are in fact two dimensional backdrops.

Re-staged and photographed in the landscape, there is a sense of familiarity about their geological forms and in the surrounding natural environment. At the same time, the mise-en-scène of each work reveals subtle elements of carefully constructed artifice which disrupts the viewer’s perception of a unified mountain.

This discontinuity introduces a sense of ambiguity and encourages the viewer to question their sense of place: is this mountain scene real or imagined? Goudal’s ambiguous installation invites us to contemplate how the art of image making might help us to slow down; to look more closely and to think again. Her images ask: How might we think differently about these mysterious landscapes; their existence and evolution beyond the limitations of our senses and the boundaries of human thought?

Curator Emma Thompson


Image: Noémie Goudal, Telluris V, Telluris Series, 2017 (detail), inkjet print on Hahnemuhle Ultra Smooth, 21, 160 x 203cm, Edition of 5. Courtesy the artist and Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris.


24 August–20 October 2019
Open 10 am – 5 pm daily



Artists Talk
Saturday 7 October, 2pm

Selected works

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