Rachael Woodson, United States / France
Rachael Woodson grew up in the United States and is based in Paris. Her work explores the subjective side of photography, inviting the viewer to relate to time-based media in an intimate and visceral way. The vast collection of photographs she has been making of her family for over two decades is a source from which she draws to converge with new investigations, often inspired by figures from the history of art and literature. Taking a haptic approach to image-making, she works with analog processes, reviving a photographic lexicon that recalls the medium’s fundamental relationship to time and light.
Rachael studied photography at School of Visual Arts in New York, ENSP Arles and Université Paris 8. She teaches at Université Paris 8 and works with cultural institutions including Jeu de Paume and Palais de Tokyo.
In her latest work, started during her L'AiR Arts residency at Atelier 11 back in December 2021, she investigates associations between photographs of her late sister and the expressionist verse of Austrian poet Georg Trakl. The project was exhibited in the group exhibition Genau Jetzt! in Innsbruck, Austria this past spring and will now be presented at Atelier 11 as a solo show Strange Sisters from November 4th to 15th.