Sophia Pompéry

15. July 2022 to 31. July 2022
24. July 2020 to 22. August 2020
20. August 2019 to 13. September 2019

Sophia Pompéry (b. 1984) lives and works in Berlin. At the intersection of art, physics, and philosophy, she transforms familiar things, such as household items, maps, and measuring instruments into parables. Photographs, objects, and installations are created in experimental set-ups: the long-term photographic exposure of a children’s glowing globe sets everything to zero and makes the earth glow a uniform white.


Sophia Pompéry: “Weather Chart,” installation view, Neue Nationalgalerie, 2014. Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, the map of a sunny Europe only becomes visible when the sun is shining due to light-activated pigments.

Maps are tools of thought and so Sophia Pompéry uses her residency on Föhr to research the collection of folio-size books at the Museum Kunst der Westküste. Folio is the largest possible book format, its symbol being 2°: by folding a traditional Roman parchment sheet, you get a folio with 2 leaves.


At the same time, the artist reflects on the question of what type of environmental influences are changing the island. How many (more) meters of sea is 2°C? Pompéry's current project is about the balance of forces between physical laws, human beings, and the environment. Grasping the epochal impact of climate change from a subjective perspective is vital, just nearly impossible. The goal is to capture this fragility of human scales.