Galerie Poggi



One of the most important women artists of her generation, Sophie Ristelhueber (b. 1949) belongs to those who in the 1980s broke the frontier that existed between photography and contemporary art. Her contribution to the history of photography is altogether formal (by bringing photography towards painting and installation), aesthetical (playing with the limits of abstraction), conceptual (using the idea of series as a conceptual method) and political (exploring our relationship to violence within the context of warzones).

Overall, and a sign of the groundbreaking nature of her practice, Ristelhueber has had a significant impact on the last fifty years’ most important art historians and philosophers: her work can be found in Jacques Rancière’s Emancipated Spectator, in many of Bruno Latour’s exhibitions (Iconoloclash, ZKM, Karlsruhe 2002; Making Things Publics, ZKM, Karlsruhe 2005, Critical Zones, ZKM, Karlsruhe 2020) and writings, and more generally in the vast majority of books on photography in the second part of the 20th century; thereby making her a true pioneer of the history of photography and contemporary art more generally.

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