Les extraterrestres ont mangé mon jardin
The landscapes in Elsa Stubbé’s photographs are devoid of human presence, and nature presents itself as a living and sovereign entity. Despite the traces or vestiges of human existence, we note above all the tranquility of our absence. Scientific diagrams seem less like an attempt to explain some truth than to show us the poetry of natural history. We do not know if what we are given to see is the origin of the Earth or a projection of its impending future or both. The near and the remote come closer together, as indications of the passage of both extinct and extant creatures, and maybe of the whole universe, appear in these images. If the extraterrestrials have eaten her garden, they have also made sure that it would grow back.
This exhibition is part of our Free Time programming, which positions itself in opposition to productivity, performance, and efficiency, and in which photography appears as a tool for exploration, for making relations and conceiving of new perspectives.