Per Pulverem Ad Astra

 
 

  Per Pulverem Ad Astra 1.AP1
2007 / C-type photograph / 23 cm x 34 cm / unique print / source image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
   
   
 
   
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra 2.AP1
2007 / C-type photograph / 23 cm x 34 cm / unique print / source image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
   
   
 
   
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra 3.AP1
2007 / C-type photograph / 23 cm x 34 cm / unique print / source image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
   
   
 

For Per Pulverem Ad Astra, Eva Stenram made negatives from NASA’s digital images of Mars and let these gather dust in her apartment before printing them. The resulting marked image is a combination of extreme distance and extreme proximity, a simultaneous gravitational pull towards the earth, to the dust around – and by extension, towards death – and a pull upwards, into space, away from the earth, towards the attraction, both physical and fantastical, of Mars. 

Inspired by a fascination for images from and of space, as well as surrealist photography (in particular Man Ray’s portfolio Electricité) and experiments in ‘thoughtography’ (attempts, originating in the late nineteenth century, to photograph mental images, which often appear as blurs and visual ‘static’), the series also invites debate around ownership, copyright, national borders and colonisation.

Prints from Per Pulverem Ad Astra are held in the permanent collections of Moderna Museet (SE) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (UK).

Supported by Pavilion Commissions Programme 2007.
Read also: The Remotely Infinite, or 'The Infinitely Remote: Eva Stenram's 'Per Pulverem Ad Astra by Ben Burbridge.

 
   
 
   
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra 4.AP1
2007 / C-type photograph / 23 cm x 34 cm / unique print / source image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
   
   
 
   
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra 5.AP1
2007 / C-type photograph / 23 cm x 34 cm / unique print / source image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
   
   
 
   
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra 6.AP1
2007 / C-type photograph / 23 cm x 34 cm / unique print / source image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
   
   
 
   
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra 7.AP1
2007 / C-type photograph / 23 cm x 34 cm / unique print / source image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
   
   
 
   
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra 8.AP1
2007 / C-type photograph / 23 cm x 34 cm / unique print / source image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
   
   
 
   
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra A.AP1
2007 / C-type photograph / 23 cm x 34 cm / unique print / source image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
   
   
 
   
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra B.AP1
2007 / C-type photograph / 23 cm x 34 cm / unique print / source image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
   
   
  See more sets of prints from Per Puverem Ad Astra here.
   
   
 
   
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra exhibited in 'A Handful of Dust', curated by David Campany, at Le Bal, Paris, 2015.
   
   
 
   
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra exhibited in 'A Handful of Dust', curated by David Campany, at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, 2020.
   
   
 
 
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra: 'A Handful of Dust' exterior display at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, 2020.
   
   
 
 
  Per Pulverem Ad Astra exhibited in 'A Handful of Dust', curated by David Campany, at Polygon Gallery, Vancouver, 2020.
   
   
  See more sets of prints from Per Puverem Ad Astra here.