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Marguerite Bornhauser, Back to dust

Can you transcend the ages, can you return to the beginning? Marguerite Bornhauser, in collaboration with the Musée départemental Arles antique and the Institut national de recherches archéologiques, investigated this question among the thousands of remains excavated in Arles. The Back to dust series is the result of this process, a kind of confrontation with the perception of time and reality. The images in the photographs, which at first glance look like constellations in the infinity of the universe, are actually microscopic dust grains set against a background captured by a cosmic telescope. Bornhauser plays with scales and separates the archaeological object from the time it witnesses.

Marguerite Bornhauser lives and works in Paris. After studying at the National School of Photography in Arles, she had her first solo exhibition at the Museum of European Photography (MEP) in Paris in 2019. Her work has been exhibited in art institutions, galleries and festivals across Europe, including Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. Bornhauser also adds editorial work to her photographic research. His first book Plastic Colors was published in 2017 and her fifth and final book Back to Dust was published in 2023. In addition to her artistic work, she continues to work as a fashion photographer. As a photojournalist, she collaborates with French and international magazines and newspapers.

Marguerite Bornhauser, Back to dust

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