Gravity is just a habit

At the interface of art, physics and philosophy, Sophia Pompéry transforms familiar things, such as household objects, maps, and measuring instruments, into metaphors. Between geophysical phenomena and dream topologies—photos, objects and installations are created in experimental arrangements. The beginning of every land use starts by surveying the ground with rods, and it ends with a question: How do we play with the resources that are available to us? Sophia Pompéry's work is dedicated to the relationship of forces between physical laws, humans, and the environment. What is the rise of the sea at 2°C global warming in hectares, gallons, or miles? To grasp the epochal impact of climate change from a subjective perspective is existential, however nearly impossible. Capturing this fragility of human scales is her goal. The measurement of the world and its interpretation are based on agreement, and it is up to us to accept or not to accept the tools for it — or rather to find a completely different use.


Sophia Pompéry (*1984, Berlin) studied sculpture with Karin Sander and Antje Majewski at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee in Berlin before becoming a student of Olafur Eliasson at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Scholarships have taken her to St. Petersburg, Istanbul, the Museum Kunst der Westküste (Föhr, GER), and most recently to Villa Serpentara near Rome as a fellow of the Junge Akademie der Künste. She has received the Mart Stam Award, the Jaqueline Diffring Prize and the working grant from the Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn. Her work has also been shown at institutions such as Arter Istanbul, the Stedelijk Museum's Hertogenbosch, the Kunsthalle Nürnberg, the Haus der Kunst Munich, the Neue Nationalgalerie, the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington DC and the Akademie der Künste Berlin.