┐ Augustin Rebetez, from joy to colera └

“Augustin Rebetez breathes energy in his works. He has developed a very ownable style over a very short period of time, even though this is not easy to put in a box. With a combination of free and staged photography using his immediate surroundings, he constantly surprises with his work. Augustin is not afraid to cross over with sculpture, film, photography and even drawings. He is one of the rare new and raw talents that the world of photography is waiting for. The fact that he studied in Vevey and lives in the region came as a pleasant surprise for … Continue reading ┐ Augustin Rebetez, from joy to colera └

┐ Ugo Rondinone – I don’t live here anymore └

© Ugo Rondinone, all Untitled, from the series I don’t live here anymore, 1996 “My discovery of Rondinone dates back to a sexy picture I noticed in Flash Art in the mid-1990s, of what I took to be a seductive model revealing a glimpse of appealing cleavage. I hadn’t actually meant to stop at the image, but biology had taken over, as it does. But wait a second. There was something weird about this girl. Why was she so swarthy? And wasn’t that a moustache on her upper lip? Someone had digitally transferred his head onto a photograph of an … Continue reading ┐ Ugo Rondinone – I don’t live here anymore └

┐ Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs └

@ Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, untitled, from the seriesLight of other days, 2009 DIRECT POSITIVE PHOTOGRAPHS, 20 X 24 CM EACH @ Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, untitled, from the seriesLight of other days, 2009 DIRECT POSITIVE PHOTOGRAPHS, 20 X 24 CM EACH In “End of an Era” Onorato and Krebs continue to explore the nature of perception, a theme that also distinguishes their most well-known photographic series to date, “The Great Unreal,” produced during their travels through the US. Their illusionistic visual universes and installations thrive on the interplay between the visible and invisible nature of illusion and … Continue reading ┐ Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs └

┐ Shirana Shahbazi └

© Shirana Shahbazi, Mercedes, from the series Flowers, fruits, portraits, 2008 © Shirana Shahbazi, Stilleben, from the series Flowers, fruits, portraits, 2008 Echoing statements by Roland Barthes, Shahbazi commented recently, “Photography is a simple, stupid medium.”2 In fact, photography is dumbfounding; it communicates in a purely visual language. Yet, without a frame to contextualize these visions, photography fails to speak. Most recently for Shahbazi, that context has been the normalized cultural forms of photography, those genre images of landscape, portrait, and still life whose history lies less with photography than with painting. Yet her photographs draw our attention to the … Continue reading ┐ Shirana Shahbazi └

║ Elisa Larvego ║

© Elisa Larvego, Av. Devin-du-Village, from the series Mises à part, 2006 © Elisa Larvego, Salle de classe des Beaux-Arts, from the series Mises à part, 2006 “Ce travail est une tentative de projection de mon imaginaire dans des espaces urbains qui m’interpellent. Ces lieux deviennent des sortes de décors à mes mises en scènes, interagissant avec les figurants. Ces espaces m’attirent soit pour leurs aspects de naturel construit (ou d’artifice naturel), soit pour leur rapport ambigu entre loisir et violence. Je souhaite intriguer et instaurer le doute chez le spectateur sur la vrai-semblance des images en montrant tout l’artifice … Continue reading ║ Elisa Larvego ║

║ David Favrod ║

© David Favrod, Untitled, from the series Gaijin, 2009 © David Favrod, Untitled, from the series Gaijin, 2009 “It is from this feeling of rejection and also from a desire to prove that I am as Japanese as I am Swiss that this work was created. “Gaijin” is a fictional narrative, a tool for my quest for identity, where self-portraits imply an intimate and solitary relationship that I have with myself. The mirror image is frozen in a figurative alter ego that serves as an anchor point.” excerpt from statement To see more of David’s work click here Continue reading ║ David Favrod ║

║ Virginie Rebetez ║

© Virginie Rebetez, Untitled, from the series Flirting with Charon, 2008   ©  Virginie Rebetez, Untitled, from the series Flirting with Charon, 2008  “(In collaboration with Dienst Werk en Inkomen)  «Flirting with Charon» was made inside houses whose owners recently died. DWI organizes the funerals of people who died socially isolated. Through them I was able to visit these places.  Being interested in the holy aspect of these interiors and their memories, I played with our projection on them and touched their invisible borders. I used myself as a bridge to create a continuation of these dying memories.”  More of … Continue reading ║ Virginie Rebetez ║

║ Thomas Rousset ║

© Thomas Rousset, Untitled, from the series Prabérians, 2009 © Thomas Rousset, Untitled, from the series Prabérians, 2009 “Prabérians takes roots in a dialogue between my rural origins and my creative process as a photographer. These images came out of a fantasy; that of a fictive rural community, lost in space and time, evolving in a dream-like French countryside. My photographs are not following a defined narration; every mise-en-scène rather tries to rebuild my memories of a rural world where the farmers’ routine is confronted with the most exotic archetypes of the peasant life.The real world is my inspiration. I … Continue reading ║ Thomas Rousset ║

║ Matthieu Gafsou ║

© Matthieu Gafsou, Untitled #5, from the series Corruptions © Matthieu Gafsou, Untitled #17, from the series Corruptions “Corruptions aurait pu être un projet documentaire centré sur un bout de France, ouvrier, qui a subi l’effondrement de l’industrie du textile. Un travail d’initiation, dans la tradition stylistique de mes maîtres. Les images d’une telle série n’auront jamais vu le jour. La conjugaison de mon inexpérience et de la maladresse d’un technicien a eu pour issue une altération profonde des négatifs, rendant les images totalement inexploitables pour le projet que j’ambitionnais alors de présenter. Une partie des négatifs, sous le coup … Continue reading ║ Matthieu Gafsou ║

║ Catherine Leutenegger ║

© Catherine Leutenegger, Untitled, from the series Welcome home baby, 2008 © Catherine Leutenegger, Untitled, from the series Welcome home baby, 2008 © Catherine Leutenegger, Untitled, from the series Welcome home baby, 2008 “Welcome Home Baby is a serie of “So Truly Real Baby Dolls”. They are realistic newborn collectible dolls.” Catherine Leutenegger To see more of Catherine’s work click here Continue reading ║ Catherine Leutenegger ║

║ Alfio Tommasini ║

© Alfio Tommasini, from the series Antonio & Paloma © Alfio Tommasini, from the series Antonio & Paloma © Alfio Tommasini, from the series Antonio & Paloma “Another day dawns on the Manzanares river. In the midst of houses, bridges, construction sites, a beer factory and a soccer stadium there is a container where Antonio and Paloma have lived for the last three years. A Spanish-Gipsy couple that came to Madrid from Asturias in the beginning of the nineties, in the search of a new life. Antonio is 53 years old. His days are marked by the sunbeams, he has … Continue reading ║ Alfio Tommasini ║

║ Mathieu Bernard-Reymond ║

© Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, Sans Titre nº27, from the series Disparitions, 2002 © Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, Sans Titre nº89, from the series Disparitions, 2005 “This series should have been a work on architecture, but it has evolved into a bigger spectrum. The images are often digitally manipulated. However, I like to recall that I do not incorporate external images from my computer. I just accentuate what is already there”. Mathieu Bernard-Reymond To see more of Mathieu’s work click here Continue reading ║ Mathieu Bernard-Reymond ║

║ Loan Nguyen ║

© Loan Nguyen, Cyprus, from the series Mobile, 2000-2009 (work in progress) © Loan Nguyen, Ponton, from the series Mobile, 2000-2009 (work in progress) © Loan Nguyen, Lac de Joux, from the series Mobile, 2000-2009 (work in progress) “In the morning mist, the barely visible figure of a woman. As if on a tight rope, she walks along the edges of a stone pool, one step at a time. Close by, the same figure appears, creating a hand shadow on the wall of a rough concrete building, or contemplating its reflection in the calm waters of a lake…Recollections of childhood … Continue reading ║ Loan Nguyen ║

║ Léa Crespi ║

© Léa Crespi, Untitled, from the series Lieux, 2008 © Léa Crespi, Untitled, from the series Lieux, 2008 © Léa Crespi, Untitled, from the series Lieux, 2008 “L’espace est toujours marqué par le temps. Un temps qui l’a dégradé ou, pour le moins, transformé. Mais cet espace, auquel nous n’aurions pas dû avoir accès, s’impose à nous, avec ses peintures écaillées, ses blessures de fils électriques abandonnés, ses minuscules désastres du quotidien parce qu’un corps le traverse, sans l’habiter.Corps magnifique, sculptural, qui nous oblige à regarder, voir peut-être, l’espace dans lequel il évolue sans se l’approprier tant il est, toujours, … Continue reading ║ Léa Crespi ║

║ Marianne Engel ║

© Marianne Engel, Lunar Eclipse, 2008 © Marianne Engel, W, 2005 © Marianne Engel, V Room, 2004 “Like a hunter, Marianne Engel usually takes her pictures at night when it is quiet and still outside. Nature and seemingly deserted houses are of her favourite subject matter. In her images, Marianne Engel captures a mood that is normally hidden from us, offering a transitory glimpse into another reality. Marianne Engel only uses scarce light sources such as an occasional flashlight or the light of the moon and the stars. This unassuming and low-tech approach to photography gives Marianne Engel´s work its … Continue reading ║ Marianne Engel ║

║ Jules Spinatsch ║

© Jules Spinatsch, Unit PAMM, 2005 © Jules Spinatsch, Unit HS, 2004 “Depuis des années, Jules Spinatsch (*1966 à Davos) observe cette pollution de logos et de publicité rampante dans les sports d’hiver. L’exploitation commerciale et écologique des Alpes est au centre de ses préoccupations. Son travail photographique met en évidence l’absence de geste ou de fait non intéressé dans le sport, sans arrière-pensée commerciale. Quand le théoricien Jordi Vidal (1) parle au sujet du footballeur Zidane filmé par Douglas Gordon et Philippe Pareno (2) d’un “logo actif”, d’un “porteur de marchandise”, Jules Spinatsch nous montre “le devenir logo des … Continue reading ║ Jules Spinatsch ║

║Yann Gross ║

© Yann Gross, from the series Horizonville, 2005 © Yann Gross, from the series Horizonville, 2005 © Yann Gross, from the series Horizonville, 2005 “The Valais is one of the most touristic places in Switzerland. Its mountains are the icons of this country. To reach those idyllic places, it is necessary to drive through the Rhône plain.However, only a few people knows what the plain looks like and what is going on there. A highway is passing through the valley, so nobody stops there before arriving to the famous ski resorts.The industrial landscape, which is characteristic of the valley, isn’t … Continue reading ║Yann Gross ║

║Yann Mingard ║

© Yann Mingard, from the series The Road Less Travelled, 2005 © Yann Mingard, from the series The Road Less Travelled, 2005 © Yann Mingard, from the series The Road Less Travelled, 2005 “In 1935, two intrepid Europeans undertook what seemed an impossible journey. Ella Maillart, a Swiss Olympic sailor, and Peter Fleming, an Englishman and correspondent for The Times, set off from Peking to Kashmir, a route which had not been travelled for eight years. They were advised that their greatest chance of success was to plot a course through Western China which was so difficult that the authorities … Continue reading ║Yann Mingard ║

║Cédric Widmer ║

© Cédric Widmer, Untitled, from the series Em Investigação, Portugal, 2006 © Cédric Widmer, Untitled, from the series Em Investigação, Portugal, 2006 “Em investigação» marks the beginning of a series of altered landscapes (short, medium and long term) caused by man – be it voluntary or not. This work also reflects more generally my interest to translate the landscape -whether disfigured, amended, sublime or just seemingly insignificant – in a photographic translation, sometimes faithful, sometimes not… Following the striking images transmitted by various television channels on the annual disaster of forest fires, I wanted to establish an inventory in Portugal … Continue reading ║Cédric Widmer ║

║Vanessa Püntener ║

© Vanessa Püntener, Manfred Herger, from the series Portrait d’un monde dérobé, 2005 © Vanessa Püntener, Thomas Zurfluh, from the series Portrait d’un monde dérobé, 2005 “Uri, canton natal de Guillaume Tell, se trouve en Suisse centrale, sur le versant nord du col du Gothard. Depuis longtemps, il est le lieu de passage entre le nord et le sud. Ses habitants – qui vivent bien loin du brouhaha de MTV, d’Internet et du stress quotidien – semblent, au premier abord, être taillés dans la même roche que les montagnes environnantes: escarpées et surtout inaccessibles.Chaque année, fin mai, ils montent à … Continue reading ║Vanessa Püntener ║