Vertigo at Xippas contemporary art gallery, Geneva (until March 9, 2013)

Darren Almond/Céleste Boursier-Mougenot/ Petros Chrisostomou/Panos Kokkinias/Dean Monogenis/Vik Muniz/ Philippe Ramette/Denis Savary.

Vertigo is a group exhibition gathering works made by several internationally known artists that exploit this theme by different means such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and audio installation.

Vertigo refers to the fear of emptiness, wide spaces, disappearance, dangerous situations, transformation, or even punishment. More than just a paralysing psychological reaction, the vertigo sensation can also serve as the basis for a new reflection on objects, the body, architecture and landscapes, as well as on our myths and references.

About the artists:

da011_4lq Darren Almond, born in 1971 in Wigan UK, works and lives in London. He is an artist traveller. In each of his works, he communicates and redefines his own notions of time, space, duration and collective memory.

From his point of view, time contracts and dilates in order to become something flexible. Inspired by the concept of geographical borders and the importance of reaching them, the artist goes to remote places to capture the point where space, time and history cross. Associated since 1997 with the Young British Artists, he has been for 10 years the subject of important one-man shows, including the one at the Zurich Kunsthalle in 2001. Nominated in 2005 for the Turner Prize, he was among the finalists for the Pictet Prize in 2009.

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, born in 1961 in Nice France, works and lives in Sète. His works are to be considered as those of a musician. From the most diverse objects or situations, he extracts a musical potential and extends the notion of notes to various configurations of materials and media he uses, thus generating so-called living sounds. His installation Videodrones was exposed from February to April 2012 at the Collège des Bernardins. From last September until the 17th of March, his installation From hear to ear is on display at Centquatre in Paris. His work is also exposed at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York and at the Montevideo Biennal.

Petros Chrisostomou was born 1981 in London, lives and works in London. Most of time he photographs small-scale, ordinary ephemeral objects in architectural models that he constructs himself. He then arranges them, dramatically employing theatrical lighting and staging conventions. With the alteration of scale and reversal of the relation between object and environment, between imaginary and real space, his photographs challenge the viewer’s visual certainties. The illusionary effect he achieves highlights the artist’s playful approach, which fluctuates between mimicry of the real world and construction of a surrealistic reality.

Panos Kokkinias was born 1965 in Athens, Greece, lives and works in Athens. His photographs evoke the human condition in all its fragility and uncertainties. His landscapes are actually metaphors of mental landscapes. Shapes and familiar spaces are used as the realistic narrative backgrounds. The camera is used as a viewer of the invisible: it transcribes the latent possibilities present in all things, as if the past and future events were written in people and spaces. The obsession for details, the strong colours and the sharp outlines are the necessary means to stimulate the imagination of the beholder.

Dean Monogenis was born in 1973 in New York, lives and works in New York. Working both freehand and with the aid of stencils, his work generates images of incongruity by exposing the awkward and inevitable relationship between nature and development. The resulting images question the logical placement of the industrial within the natural environment. The artist has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions, including a group exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He has also been an artist in residence at both the CCA Andratx Art Centre in Mallorca, Spain and at the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University in Pleasantville NY.

vm056Vik Muniz, born in 1961 in São Paulo, works and lives in New York and São Paulo. The materials of thread, jam, chocolate, ketchup, dust, toys, pigments, sugar, and puzzles are as varied as they are incongruent. The artist transforms these materials to reconstruct images that haunt collective memory, often taken from art history or the media. In 2011, the Oscar nominated movie Waste Land explains the work Vik Muniz created with catadores, scavengers in the world’s largest garbage dump in Rio de Janeiro. Since 1998, numerous international solo shows have been consecrated to him. In 2001, he represented the Brazilian Pavilion in the 49th Biennial of Venice. More recently, his work was shown at the Museum Colecçaõ Berardo in Lisbon in 2011 and at the Collection Lambert in Avignon, France in 2012.

pra03_19Philippe Ramette, born in 1961, works and lives in Paris. He has been developing a body of work evolving around the conception and the realization of objects in their relation to the body or, more precisely, objects expressing the reflexive dimension of the body. These pieces are often instruments or devices designed to experience physically what should only be a mental process. The Mamco in Geneva consecrated him a personal retrospective in 2008 called “Keeping our illusions”.

Denis Savary, born in 1981, works and lives in Lausanne and Paris. He is hard to pin down as he resists all classification and categories: He is at once a sculptor, a videographer, a photographer, an illustrator, a collector, an art historian and a curator. In his work, decompartmentalization takes place at the level of the medium, as well as through genres, references and collaborations. Resident at the Palais de Tokyo in 2007, he won several prizes: Prize of the Foundation René Liechti for the Art, Swiss Federal Prize of Art, Ernest Manganel Prize and Foundation Leenaards Prize. In 2011 he received the Cultural Prize for Visual Arts of the Vaud Foundation for Culture. Since 2002, he has had numerous exhibitions in Switzerland as well as abroad: Musée Jénisch in 2007 and Bern Kunsthalle in 2012.

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