Julian Charrière, ‘We Are All Astronauts (9)’, 2014, DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM

About Julian Charrière

In his research-based practice, Julian Charrière uses sculptural objects and images—both moving and still—to explore the connections between human activity, ecology, the environment, and time. Working in such far-flung locales as Kazakhstan and the Southern Cone, the Berlin-based artist performs site-specific actions inspired by the social and natural sciences, using biological and earthen substances as materials. “I use some scientific methods, but I would describe it more as an archeologist or geologist,” he has said. “I go into the field and get inspired by what I see, then I bring things back to the studio and do work.” A former student of Olafur Eliasson, Charrière focuses on investigations of the natural world, revealing the profound force exerted by humans and the environment on one another and highlighting how ecological systems can exhibit traces of human energy.

Swiss, b. 1987, Morges, Switzerland, based in Berlin, Germany

Exhibition Highlights

2015
Bugada & Cargnel, 
Paris, France,
Polygon
2014
Musée Cantonal Des Beaux-Arts, 
Lausanne, Switzerland,
Future Fossil Spaces