Xavier Barral, Nasa, Mars
Valles Marineris, Olympus, Arcadia Planitia, Elysium Mons, Planum Boreum, Icaria Fossae and Noachis Terra are so many Martian regions flown over by the NASA space probe put into orbit in 2005 to study the planet’s surface. From among the tens of thousands of images recorded in unprecedented resolution, Xavier Barral has extracted a series of pho- tographs, maintaining a zone six kilometre wide for each photo. This selection offers a completely new vision of Mars, one that has never been seen before, revealing the geological and mineralogical contours of this legendary planet. It is an unimaginable landscape that has been taking shape for more than three billion years. These images open themselves up to multiple interpretations and they also relate back to ourselves. A book bringing together a large corpus of these photographs will be published by Éditions Xavier Barral in September 2013, enriched with texts by astrophysicist Francis Rocard, planetary scientist Alfred McEwen, and planetologist and geophysicist Nicolas Mangold.
Project curated by Xavier Barral in partnership with NASA/JPL/ The University of Arizona.
Realisation: Valéry Faidherbe and Olivier Koechlin.
Executive production by Coïncidence.
Sound design: Dominique Besson.
Exhibition venue: Atelier de la Chaudronnerie, Parc des Ateliers.