Geographic Tongues by Elisabeth Hogeman
- Caroline Kurze
When we first came across these images taken by Elisabeth Hogeman, we felt disgusted and fascinated at the same time in a pretty weird way. The American photographer created the series ‘Geographic Tongues’ as part of the Munn Artist Residency in Giverny, France. The resulting images create beauty where there is usually just unpleasantness. She puts the tongue into a whole new context, playing with the idea that the world emerges from language.
The photographs re-imagine the Earth depicted in the exterior panels of Hieronymus Bosch’s panel painting The Garden of Earthly Delights as a series of ‘geographic tongues.’ By replacing the globe as a representation of the world, the tongues suggest a world based on our languages.
All images © Elisabeth Hogeman