by Sandrine Elberg

The artist establishes a poetic relationship between the myth and iconography of the cosmos and its elements, where true and false aspects intertwine between fiction of appropriation and a distant fascination.
Influenced by the Surrealists, she experiments with the consistency of the photographic medium, expanding its technical and aesthetic possibilities.

Her family background is a source of constant inspiration and questioning, as my father, an aerospace engineer, spent many years working on the Ariane V rocket, in France.

Her attraction to distant journeys invites us to lead projects inspired by the stories of Jules Verne “Journey to the Center of the Earth” & “From Earth to Moon” and Georges Méliès.

The artist is inspired in search of territories, hostile climates to create lunar photographs from our collective imagination. When she is not traveling, she works in the darkroom of her art studio to make light and chemical experiments.
She has participated in more than 100 exhibitions (gallery, museum, fair, festival) in France, in Europe and in United States, Russia, Korea, Singapore, Greece and Peru for example.
After her first photobook “Cosmic”, Sandrine Elberg has published in 2019 “M.O.O.N” her second monograph dedicated to Valentina Terechkova, the first woman in Space. These books also marks the fifty years of man’s first step on the Moon on July 21, 1969.

Any means are good to go to the moon, with a high-tech shuttle or through fiction, by science or fantasy transport. Sandrine Elberg loves the stars, the conjunction of the infinitely large and the infinitely small, the atoms from which she, a small planet in search of its cosmic origins, proceeds. For her, the moon is not an end in itself, It is a field to explore, on surface and in depth, but also from which to set out again further, into the unknown. In her luggage, since time has reversed, a few books by Jules Verne and pieces of film from Voyage dans la Lune. To all these questions, Sandrine Elberg answers M.O.O.N., i.e. a book as a cockpit traveling through the confines, a research module made of dream crystals, star dust, walls of stalactites and cracked icebergs, of anthropomorphic rocks and collapsed temples.
Fabien Ribery.