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Julia Calfee Bio

The leitmotif in all of her books and projects could be described as “the augmented realities of disappearing worlds.”

An artist whose media are photography, video, audio recordings, and writing, Calfee has spent most of her professional life living and working in Europe and Asia. She majored in art history at the Sorbonne, Paris. Her projects are always long-term, as she seeks to understand and portray what goes on beneath apparent realities. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries in France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Singapore, and the USA.

Her most recent work, A Glacier’s Requiem, which includes black and white analog abstract photographs of the glacier as well as recordings of the vanishing glacier songs, is presented with both a book and a 12” vinyl record and was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2016.

Her newest book project, Messages From Another World portrays a universe teeming with life that is invisible to ordinary sense perception, will be published by Kehrer Verlag in Spring 2017.

Shaman’s Last Journey, her work in progress, a feature length film portrays the true story of the daily life of a female shaman as she migrates with her small family and reindeer over the mountains of Siberia.

A Glacier’s Requiem (Kehrer Verlag, 2016), Inside the Chelsea Hotel (powerHouse Books, 2008), Spirits and Ghosts (powerHouse Books, 2003), Mountain Spirits of Mongolia (Richard Lieu Foundation, 2002), Photogeneses/Têtes (Foundation Miro, 1995) are distributed internationally.