Artists: The Chapuisat Brothers, Simon Faithfull, Hoio, Peter Regli, Thu Van Tran
Curatorship: Jean-Paul Felley & Olivier Kaeser
The starting point for this project is the context of le Crédac itself. The corridors, staircases, recesses, changes in direction and levels form a rather disconcerting labyrinth. These passages lead into rooms of generous proportions but with partially sloping floors which also perturb one’s physical sensations. None of these spaces possess a window. One is therefore cut off from the world. Le Crédac may be perceived like a hollow island.
However, the art center is located in an urban fabric of such density that the hectic life of the city remains mentally present when one is inside. It is around this double notion - isolation and the relationship with elsewhere - that we have asked five artists to put together the Expériences insulaires project. Each of these artists, either in his or her work generally, or with one particular piece of work, provides a remarkable point of view on these notions. The Chapuisat brothers who build a gigantic and mysterious structure suspended from the ceiling, Simon Faithfull who plunges us into his maritime expedition to Antarctica, Hoio who proposes to discover the distant Santa Lemusa and its culinary specialties, Peter Regli who presents the island he had built on a lake in central Switzerland and Thu Van Tran who creates a wooden boat evoking imaginary journeys.
The exhibition is composed mainly of new works. A video programme presented during a special evening event provides a fresh view of the theme of insularity.
Jean-Paul Felley & Olivier Kaeser, directors of Attitudes, Geneva
Art historian and curator, Jean-Paul Felley, (born in 1966), is currently director of the edhéa, a design school and high school of art in the Valais. In 1994, he founded and manages - with Olivier Kaeser - the Geneva-based association attitudes. From 2008 to 2018, he co-directs, with him the Swiss Cultural Center in Paris.
Olivier Kaeserz founded and manages - with Jean-Paul Felley - the Geneva-based association attitudes. From 2008 to 2018, he co-directs with him, the Swiss Cultural Center in Paris.