Chloe Dewe Mathews: Caspian: The Elements
Thursday, October 25
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Aperture for the opening reception of Chloe Dewe Mathews, Caspain: The Elements.
6:30-8:00 p.m. – Public reception
7:00 p.m. – Exhibition tour and book signing with Chloe Dewe Mathews
In 2010, the artist Chloe Dewe Mathews traveled overland from China to the U.K., where she currently lives and works. When she arrived on the shores of the Caspian Sea, she began documenting scenes that intrigued her: stonemasons with their faces covered, building elaborate mausoleums in Kazakhstan for the oil-rich middle class, or health tourists in Azerbaijan, bathing in crude oil for its therapeutic benefits. As she returned to the region repeatedly over the following five years, she sought out stories that raised questions about the human relationship with natural resources in a much-coveted territory.
This exhibition coincides with the publication of the book Caspian: The Elements, by Chloe Dewe Mathews, which is copublished by Aperture and Peabody Museum Press. A larger exhibition of work from Caspian: The Elements will open at the Peabody Museum in April 2019.
Chloe Dewe Mathews is the 2014 recipient of the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography, a fellowship given annually by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University to a photographer who has demonstrated great originality working in the documentary vein.