In Let the Sun Beheaded Be, photographer Gregory Halpern explores the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe. The series, shot over several months, commingles life and death, nature and culture, and beauty and decay in enigmatic color images of the archipelago’s residents and lush landscape, as well as monuments related to the brutality of its past. Halpern’s photographs are grounded in reality, but they edge toward the dreamlike. An essay by curator Clément Chéroux and a conversation between the artist and Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa consider Halpern’s process and personal history, as well as the politics of representation.
Texts (French and English)
Essay by Clément Chéroux
Conversation of Gregory Halpern with Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
Bound, 21,6 x 27,9 cm
74 four-color images
Photographs: Let the Sun Beheaded Be (Aperture/Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, 2020) © Gregory Halpern
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