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Periphery: Archaeology of Light

Periphery: Archaeology of Light

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Author:  Erieta Attali.  Publisher:  Hatje Cantz, 2019.  ISBN: 9783775744508.  Format: Hardback, 350 x 284mm160pp. 

Israeli photographer Erieta Attali (born 1966) has spent two decades exploring the relationship between architecture and the landscape. Attali’s photography interrogates how extreme conditions and demanding terrains provoke humankind to reorient and center itself through architectural responses. Her highly arduous quest has seen her traverse four continents, working in isolated and remote terrains from Iceland to the Indian Ocean.

In Periphery | Archaeology of Light, Attali references ancient Greek cartography, in which the edges of maps represented the outer limits of the known world. Attali's poetic and metaphorical photographs, in which architecture is depicted as a natural feature inseparable from its context, present visual maps of temporal and spatial transformations at the outposts of human existence. Attali’s photographic journey is accompanied by textual contributions from the fields of archaeology, architecture and art history that address the idea of a geographical periphery.