Intimacy in photography is a fragile domain that one must tread carefully. A German-born living in France, Maude Grübel positions her work on this fine line, with a blend of reserve and determination. Her and her family’s origins, Tunisia, Poland, but also Algeria, her personal journey, trajectories, and obstacles – the photographer is not afraid of her subjects. She constructs her pictures with strength and restraint, developing an eminently personal body of work that still manages to reach beyond the mere subjective experience. Maude Grübel captures fragments of bodies and broken up spaces to turn them into a whole that (re)constitutes a fragmentary or precise memory. She sometimes uses drawing in the elaboration of her projects – it operates in the realm of sensations and of the elusive, its lines taking over from the picture in an uncompromising exploration of what makes us human.
Biographical notes translated with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques - Cnap.