Anne Pharel

  • Selected Works


    Sub Noctem

    Enter the unintentional beauty of the day that fades, that escapes the desire of creation.
    Surprise the hour when the mysteries of the night rise.
    Taming the shadows, give them shape while the trees approach, conversing in the newfound darkness.
    Celebrate the last light of day and accept the evidence of the short moment of uncertainty.
    These few moments are home to the rise of the invisible world, when colors, pristine and glorious, journeyed back to themselves, before everything went missing.
    The perfect time where the trees, dissolving into their environment, transiently, engulfed, offer traces of their disappearance.
    When the earth and its works are recounted—works of passing time—reality fades and is left to be absorbed by a world that is becoming a dream.

    Interior Gardens

    Trace that which has sunk, concoct what has disappeared. Illusions. In the collapse of a world, there is only the intangible trace of what is lost: fleeting visions of crumbling figures which, if rusted, give way to gold in their absence. Ruins, forgotten columns, lost gardens... this is the internal archeology of time; that of a memory with gaps, which cracks when indiscernible images expose the workings of time. These are images of duration, because in not indicating an "it was" but a "that is," they give the past a texture that lets it creep into, develop, and invade the present.

    Intermittent arrivals at the surface of the world, these visions rob reality by means of evaporation and proceed to erect a world inhabited by beings who have the consistency of dreams: those who, unbeknownst to us, have left traces, and those who have found us. Our transparency. They present themselves at that moment decisively, but outside oneself. Memory without memories, amnesia, which approaches what is known but unidentifiable. Memory which opens to the familiar and universal presence of the vanished that remains, at the moment when inner and outer merge to make a porous image.

    These are fragments of alchemy where rust and fallen leaves are sublimated into gold: "The changing of bodies into light, and light into bodies, is very conformable to the course of Nature, which Seems Delighted with transmutations"

    Gold Panning

    Sieving the streams at night, golden jets splash into the dark, sequined in black. Erratic presences, floating, fluctuating.
    Here I am in search of these images that live from their shadows, from their weaknesses, from what they refuse to disclose in order to better reach the riddle of the in-between: the bright gap between two whirlpools; where the invisible accommodates in order to project the visible, where the visible hides within fragmented time.

    Show the world as I believe it is, not as it appears or it appears to me; but as it disappears, when what remains is more consistent in its turbulent essence, eternally elliptical.

    Insaisissable et dérivées

    There were two shafts of light above a body of water.

    The departing day gave birth to the strange sight of their disappearance, where the visible sinks and disappears into nothingness, becoming invisible and indivisible. Newton’s fluxion, the "quotient of the last two evanescent increments."

    If sometimes the passage from one place to another is a shift, an in-between without perceptible transition, it also happens that it filters out the moments where a glimpse of the elusive is required, a call to drift. To drift among impressions, to drift in uncertainty, to drift in the ineffable.

    Thus begins the slow, imprecise moment that makes space and time merge.

    Light Channel

    A Prospector's World

    Installation pictures

  • Biography


    France , 1967

    Alongside a personal practice of drawing, sculpture, writing, and photography, Anne Pharel has participated in the design and realization of numerous exhibitions. Among them for Willy Ronis, first in 1997 on l’Isle sur la Sorgue and in 2001 at the Château de Gordes, and J.H Lartigue in 1999 on the l’Isle sur Sorgue.

    She undertook a role in Andre Pharel’s photo exhibition Traversées at the Campredon Centre d’art on l’Isle sur la Sorgue by creating textual sculptures for the occasion. Writing for websites and various art catalogs, Pharel has also been closely involved in writing and developing the layout for photographic books.

    After many years silently engaged in the practice of photography, Pharel continued creating personal work and began exhibiting in 2014. L’Intangible is her first exhibition in Paris.


  • Exhibitions
  • Press

Exhibitions and Fairs


2018 | Art Elysées - Art & Design | Paris

2018 | Photofairs Shanghai 2018 | Shanghai Exhibition Center

2018 | The Language ofTrees - Group Show | Photo12 Galerie Paris

2018 | MIA 2018 | Milano (Italia)


2017 | Art Elysées 2017 | Stand A135

2017 | L'Intangible |


2016 | L'Intangible | Photo12 Galerie Paris

2016 | Art ELysées 2016, Stand A126 | Avenue des Champs Elysées, entre le Grand Palais et la Concorde