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PRINT September 2006

KEEPING DISTANCE: THE ART OF MARINE HUGONNIER

MARINE HUGONNIER spent September 12, 2001, contemplating the immediate future. As did we all, you might say—but the Paris-born, London-based artist projected forward in a uniquely literal fashion. When the towers fell, she’d been on her way from the UK to the Alaskan village of Cape Prince of Wales, a little settlement notable primarily for its utterly remote location. There, at the narrowest point of the Bering Strait, you can look across the waters—as Hugonnier did, often through the viewfinder of a camera—and see Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost point of Asia, some forty miles and a whole hemisphere away. Over there, on the other side of the international date line, it’s already the next day.

The series of eleven large-scale photographs that Hugonnier shot from this metaphysically suggestive standpoint is titled “Towards Tomorrow.” Beyond the democratic accessibility of their

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