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Aurélie Pétrel, PriseDEvueLATENTE#850, 2018. Cneai=, Seine Saint -Denis

Track 3
Aurélie Pétrel

Exhibition Dates: December 7 2018 – February 2, 2019
Opening Reception: December 7, 6 - 8PM
Artist walk through of Track 3 on December 7th at 6:30pm.

Aurélie Pétrel’s practice is indebted to the language and conceptual structures of photography. She creates immersive philosophical and research driven installations that collapse time and space. Track 3 presents an overview of Pétrel’s work, including her ongoing research into American architect Peter Eisenman.

“Thought experiments play a central role in Pétrel’s practice. Nothing satisfies her more, than to hypothesize, and then test through the production of artworks, a theoretical proposition for a seemingly impossible act. What would happen, for example, if you asked your lab to print a white-on-white photograph, when white is not a tone that exists in photography, analogue or digital? The gap between theory and practice is of great fascination to Pétrel and it is where her artworks reside. It is by identifying and attempting to represent this gap that perspective is gained. It is in the gaps between things that space is felt most strongly. Through a series of self-designated parameters that define how her work comes into being, she questions conventions, flattens hierarchies, and builds space. Under Pétrel’s hand, photography becomes architectural. It measures and is measured. It is lived in motion, freezing time only to project it back into space. Where the viewer stands, there is a space before the work begins. Engaging in this space is the only way to be fully aware of what has been placed in front of us.”

-Alex Bowron

Track 3 Reading Group
Please join Gallery 44 for a reading group lead by Heather Rigg and Alex Bowron in response to Track 3, on Tuesday January 29th at 6:30pm. Please email to RSVP and receive the readings.

Presented with the support of the Institut français in Paris. // Présenté avec le soutien de l'Institut français à Paris.



Born in 1980, Aurélie Pétrel lives and works in Paris and Geneva. Through various encounters and collaborations her works constantly question images, their status, (re) presentation and activation, as well as their production processes. This artist does not consider herself a photographer: she deconstructs; reconnects; questions within the bounds of the media. She paves the way by exploring the margins, making the photographic material resonate in a dialogue with thousands of voices. Like a dialectic stemming from the same and the other, without ever repeating she develops, reveals what is in the negative space, not showing. Yet Aurélie Pétrel is a photographer: the issues in her shots are always significant. They act as a trigger, the driving force of an expression like a musical score. The first movement makes the rest possible. By blurring the boundaries between work, representation and the world experienced, she transforms our perspectives. Aurélie Pétrel is represented by Super Window Project™ (Kyoto, Japan), Galerie Bernard Ceysson (Paris, France), Gowen Contemporary (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Pétrel l Roumagnac duo by Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro (Paris, France). She is a professor and in charge of the Photography Pool at HEAD as well as one of the founding members of the research laboratories ‘A Broken Arm’ and ‘Échos.’

Aurélie Pétrel, Fantome 1932, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

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