Chloe Dewe Mathews: Caspian: The Elements

Photographs by Chloe Dewe Mathews

Essays by Morad Montazami, Sean O’Hagan, and Arnold van Bruggen
Copublished by Aperture and Peabody Museum Press

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7 1/2 x 10 in. (19 x 26 cm) 216 pages, 120 four-color images Hardcover with jacket 978-1-59711-444-8 October 2018

Caspian: The Elements is Chloe Dewe Mathews’s record of five years spent roaming the borderlands of the Caspian Sea. In a resource-rich region roiled by contested geopolitics, Dewe Mathews found that elemental materials like oil, rock, and uranium are central to the mystical, practical, artistic, religious, and therapeutic aspects of daily life. With essays by Morad Montazami, Sean O’Hagan, and Arnold van Bruggen, Caspian: The Elements offers a series of powerful visual narratives that explore the deep links between the peoples of the Caspian and their enigmatic and coveted landscapes.

Read a preview of Caspian: The Elements in the New Yorker.

Chloe Dewe Mathews (born in London, 1982) is an artist, photographer, and filmmaker based in St. Leonards-on-Sea, England. She is the recipient of the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Her work has been published in the Guardian and Financial Times and has been exhibited at the Tate Modern and British Library, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden.

Morad Montazami is Adjunct Research Curator for the Middle East and North Africa at Tate Modern, London, and director of Zamân Books, Paris.

Sean O’Hagan writes about photography for the Guardian and the Observer.

Arnold van Bruggen, a writer and filmmaker based in Amsterdam, is cofounder of Prospektor, a documentary production company. He is the coauthor with Rob Hornstra of The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (Aperture, 2013).