Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Marina Gadonneix, Phénomènes

Jul 14, 2017 - Sjoerd Knibbeler

Marina Gadonneix has a thing for looking behind the scene, a curiousness I can very well relate to. Where is reality being staged and what does this context look like? Marina has been consistently seeking out and documenting places that are meant to represent another, often to be presented in yet another place again: Sets for television shows, testing grounds for rescue or military operations and photo studio’s for reproducing famous works of art, to name a few. Spaces that function to simulate a reality and bring out certain aspects while leaving others out: controlled environments. Here I’d like to showcase her series Phénomènes for which she extensively photographed in laboratories and other places of scientific enquiry. Places where the unpredictable forces of nature are being recreated and observed in safe – and above all – measurable and quantifiable circumstances. To test how a bolt of lightning affects an aircraft. Or to drive a rover in the rocky Martian desert. However artificial and controlled these environments may seem, they provide scientists with very real data and insights in the workings of natural phenomena, by narrowing the focus to a significant level of detail. Marina takes a wider perspective to observe the scientific observation in its natural habitat: the laboratory.


Lately she has been shooting new work in NASA’s Jet Propulsion lab. I hear the work might be finished in October, so keep an eye out. See more of her work here and pick up a copy of her beautiful book After the Image.