Faces of Geneva: Photography Project
If you had to pick your favourite spot in Geneva, and describe the city in one word, what would you say? That’s the question that photographer Josh Fassbind has been asking Geneva residents since 2010.
After meeting 150 of the 193 nationalities represented at the UN, Mr. Fassbind has now put together a photo exhibition of his subjects in their favourite spots around town. Faces of Geneva aims to discover a shared living space, and points out our city’s multicultural character. “This project started from the desire to compare experiences in the shared living space of Geneva,” notes the artist. These images immortalise each participant in his or her favourite Geneva location, and each image is tagged with the subject’s first name, country of origin and their chosen key word.
The project began in October 2010 with a Finn who chose to be photographed running on the banks of the Rhône, at La Jonction. The project continued over the months, with Fassbind often taking up to five photos per day! Some of the favourite places are the Place des Nations, Pâquis baths and the lakeshore. The project also shows some more unusual locations, however, such as a Carouge chocolate shop where a young Macedonian woman, Mika, wanted to be photographed. Sam, from Papua-New-Guinea even chose the roof of the Alpes parking, in Pâquis!
The photos are square because, in Fassbind’s view, this shape is more expressive for photography. He also felt strongly about having the images in black and white “to reinforce the timeless aspect, and avoid the distractions of a saturated background.”
Faces of Geneva is a unique look at our unique town, and I suggest you stop by and take a look! Maison Tavel, Rue du Puits-St-Pierre, 6. Until February 24, 2013.