Exhibitions at Espace Images
Niels Ackermann & Sébastien Gobert
Since the Ukrainian revolution in 2014 and almost 25 years after the collapse of the USSR, the established government has sought to erase all symbols of the former regime.
Having witnessed the protests that took place in Maidan Square, Niels Ackermann and Sébastien Gobert went on a quest for a major symbol of a country’s communist past: statues of Lenin. For two years, the duo photographed close to 70 statues and conducted as many interviews with their guardians and owners. This s… more
This series of diptychs confronts the viewer with two seemingly totally opposed representations of childhood: on the one hand, young upper-class Spanish horse riders participating in pony racing events; on the other, children living in modest conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. By causing this unlikely “photographic encounter” between young teenagers who bear the weight of social pressure and young Africans forced to work to support their families, Paredes ironically poin… more
Radicality is that which 'belongs to true nature, pertains to key principles, relates to the essence.' Based on this definition by the Grande dizionario della lingua italiana, Piero Martinello has travelled through Italy looking for men and women who, each in their own way and for their own reasons, have adopted radical values and ways of life. Town fools, saints and worshippers, Mafia gangs, cloistered nuns, ecstatic ravers: All embody different life trajectories outside of… more
This project explores in an interactive way the shifting boundaries between ultra-connected contemporary lives and the role that photography plays in them. Before the Internet, taking a picture was an act of memory, seeking to preserve the past in still images. In the digital age, the act speaks for itself and tends to empty the process of its historic meaning. This is made obvious in the way smartphones are used, creating massive archives of images that, for the most part, will never be seen.… more
Christian Lutz (Geneva, 1973) trained in photography at le 75, Brussels’ School of Image Arts. His approach is based on the scrupulous observation of dynamics in our society, focusing on topics such as political, economic and religious power. The recipient of many prizes including the Grand Prix Images Vevey 2009/2010 for his series tropical gift, Lutz’s work is exhibited the world over and is the subject of numerous publications. In the context of Festival Images Vev… more
Maya Rochat breaks away from the constant stream of images that nowadays seems to flow in a sort of uninterrupted murmur. She distorts, destroys and tears up, sprays, paints and draws, recomposes and superimposes, sometimes in fits of instinctive rage, the photographs on which her work is based. In the age of Internet and digitalisation, she works directly with matter, bringing out the structure and physicality of her images.
Inspired by the energy and atmosphere of metal concerts, her s… more
Born in Buenos Aires in 1974, Seba Kurtis studied journalism and became a political activist after a childhood under the influence of the ruling military junta. In 2001, Argentina was hit by a major political and economic crisis, which forced Kurtis to leave for Spain, where he lived illegally for five years. This experience is at the heart of his artistic approach, which focuses on the underlying dynamics of illegal migration and its impact on culture, society and individuals. His work has r… more
Born in Belgium in 1971, Geert Goiris lives and works in Anvers. He has given solo exhibitions in places such as the FOAM in Amsterdam (2015), the Hamburger Kunsthalle (2010) and Art Basel Statements (2009). His work is present in many collections across the world: in the Seattle Art Museum, the Musée de la photographie in Anvers and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, to name but a few. In 2008, he won the Vevey International Photography Award, headed… more
Espace Quai1, the permanent exhibition space of the Festival Images launches its freshly transformed premises with a collaboration with FOAM / Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam to present "Digging Up Clouds" by Sjoerd Knibbeler. This is the Dutch artist's first Swiss exhibition.
For two years, Sjoerd Knibbeler has attempted to photograph what is not visible: space; aerodynamics; climate change and the wind in particular. Aiming to extend the physical limits of photography, his &qu… more
Eva Leitolf started her "Postcards from Europe" project in 2006, assembling photographs and texts touching on examples of conflict in the context of global migration. Leitolf’s interest in the way migrants and refugees are treated within the European Union and at its external borders – in Spain and its North African exclaves, southern Italy, Hungary, the Channel ports of Dover and Calais, as well as Germany and Austria – represents a radical departure from the style o… more
Writer and photographer Will Steacy, born in 1980, lives and works in New York. Stemming from five generations of journalists, he worked as a trade unionist before becoming a photographer. Firmly committed to the community, he becomes involved long-term in the subjects that he covers. Recognised by critics notably for Down These Mean Streets – a book published in 2012 - his images are regularly published in magazines and papers like Wired, The Guardian and The New Yorker. Exhibited as pa… more
Born in 1972, Claude Baechold is a graduate from the ECAL / Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne. In 2001, he travels to Iran and starts a compulsive photographic work of visual classifications for which he receives the Prix fédéral d’arts appliqués. In 2002, he gets stuck with the journalist Serge Michel and the photographer Paolo Woods at the River Boom in Afghanistan. They found together Riverboom, a collective aiming to approach the unpopular … more
Alex Prager was born in Los Angeles, where she lives and works. Self-taught, work by the photographer William Eggleston particularly inspired her. She rapidly met with international success exhibiting at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art in San Francisco. Winning many awards, she was nominated in 2012 for the famous Paul Huf Award by FOAM (Photography Museum Amsterdam) and as a director with an Emmy Award for her series of short films Touch… more
POST NATURAL HISTORY: ARCHEOLOGY OF THE FUTURE
Post Natural History reinterprets the concept of a curiosity cabinet. Vincent Fournier presents new, futuristic species by bringing about a journey in time rather than in space. He creates beings that are reprogrammed by man to respond to the changing environment based on current research in the domain of synthetic biology and cybernetics.
This collection ‘of emerging species’ is presented in the form of encyclopaedic illustrations: … more
Martin Kollar (1971), a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, is accustomed to long-term projects and has participated in several artist-in-residence programs abroad (Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Israel). His work has been exhibited at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Rencontres d'Arles and the MOCA in Shanghai. He has won many awards including the Fuji Film Euro Press Photo Award, the Backlight Photography Award in Finland… more
Miss Tourism, Miss Do-It-Yourself or Miss Handicap: Martin Guggisberg spent several years traveling across Switzerland to document these regional beauty contests. Through this documentary, he reports – almost like an social anthropologist - a contemporary social phenomenon: the staging of identities and the quest for recognition.
Miss reveals that elections such as Miss Tuning, Miss Furttal or Miss Farmer exist all around the country. Cheap title for one-night princesses? Maybe. Bu… more
In 1960, less than 40% of the Egyptian population is urban. Today, more than 80% of the inhabitants of this country live in the cities, amongst them one out of three in Cairo. To solve the housing crisis, huge areas were hastily constructed on the edge of the metropolis. "Dreamland", "Utopia" or "Beverly Hills", their fancy names contrasts with the reality: mineral, disembodied and ghostly, they seem to be coming out from the desert itself.
This series is the result of a project conducted over three years, during which Alejandro Guijarro visited the world's leading institutions in the field of quantum mechanics: Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, Berkeley and Stanford in the U.S. or the CERN in Switzerland. Using large format photography, he captures the offices and classrooms blackboards and presents them live size. Once taken out of their context, these boards become abstract paintings: formulas and equations mutate in… more
Olivier Cablat (France - 1978)
Born in 1978 in Marignane, Olivier Cablat graduated in Art and Photography before working as a photographer for the CNRS in Egypt until 2004. He then returned to France to follow his artistic projects. His work and publications are part of collections like the Photographische Sammlung in Cologne or the Fotomuseum Winthertur. He was the founder of the gallery and publishing house 2600, and is an active participant in the development of self-publishing and self-pro… more
The Afronauts is based on a historical fact: in 1964 a Zambian science teacher named Edwuard Makuka decided to train the first African crew to travel to the moon. His plan was to use an aluminum rocket to put a woman, two cats and a missionary into Space. First the moon, then Mars, using a catapult system. He founded the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Astronomical Research to start training his Afronauts.
Unfortunately his resources were not as big as his dream and, after… more