Chloe Dewe Mathews: Caspian: The Elements



ISBN: 9781597114448 Category:

Sean O'Hagan, Arnold van Bruggen


Caspian: The Elements is Chloe Dewe Mathews’s record of her journey through the beguiling Caspian region, considering its people and geography. Between 2010 and 2015, Dewe Mathews visited the five countries that surround the Caspian Sea: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Southern Russia, and Northern Iran. There, far from the arena of global politics, Dewe Mathews found that materials like oil, salt, and water are involved in the mystical, practical, artistic, religious, and therapeutic aspects of daily life. Divided into three distinct chapters-“Oil, Gas, Fire,” “Rock, Salt, Uranium,” and “Water”- Caspian: The Elements is composed of a series of visual stories exploring the ways in which humans are inextricably linked to this enigmatic and much-coveted landscape.

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Weight 826 g
Dimensions 19.4 x 26.7 cm
Publisher name Aperture Foundation
Publication date 8 October 2018
Number of pages 216
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Chloe Dewe Mathews, Text by Morad Montazami
Dimensions 19.4 x 26.7 cm
Weight 826 g


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Chloe Dewe Mathews (born in London, 1982) is an artist, photographer, and video maker, whose work includes Shot at Dawn, a series depicting the locations at which "cowards" and "deserters" were executed during World War I; In Search of Frankenstein, a project created in the Swiss Alps, where Mary Shelley conceived her novel Frankenstein, using themes from the book to consider environmental and social issues of our time; and Thames Log, an investigation of the symbolic use of water and contemporary ritual in the British landscape. Dewe Mathews is the winner of the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and her work has been exhibited at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK; 3-D Foundation, Verbier, Switzerland; and the British Library, London. Morad Montazami is adjunct research curator at Tate Modern, London, for the Middle East and North Africa. He has published essays on Farid Belkahia, Bahman Mohassess, Behjat Sadr, Hamed Abdalla, and Jordi Colomer, among others. Montazami is the author of Latif Al Ani (2017), a monograph on the Iranian photographer, and is the director of Zâman Books, which is focused on publishing books about Middle Eastern studies, visual culture, and contemporary art.