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September 8-11, 2022   Javits Center

Julian Charrière

We Are All Astronauts

2014-2021

Curator's Statement

Questioning the validity of the concept of national identity and the nation state is We Are All Astronauts (2011-2021) by French-Swiss artist Julian Charrière. Co-presented by DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM (Berlin) and Sean Kelly (New York), it is an installation composed of world globes stripped clean of their geographic information. Inspired by the writing of Buckminster Fuller, each globe features maps from 1890-2011 that have been sanded away. Dust created by the abrasion gently settles beneath the globes, creating new, yet to be defined cartographies for a world in which drawn territories are increasingly rendered unbounded.

About the Artist

Julian Charrière is a French-Swiss artist living and working in Berlin. Charrière explores ideas of nature and its transformation over deep geological as well as human historical time. Addressing pressing matters of ecological concern, his work frequently stems from fieldwork in remote locations with acute geophysical identities, such as volcanoes, ice fields, oil palm plantations, and undersea and radioactive sites. An ongoing reflection upon the mythos and politics of exploration in a globalized age is central to his practice. Working across media and conceptual paradigms, Charrière frequently collaborates with composers, scientists, engineers, art historians, and philosophers. His work often provokes and invites critical reflection upon cultural traditions of perceiving, representing, and engaging with the natural world.