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I Am By Birth A Genevese

Olivier Mosset

Kressig Andreas

Christian Gonzenbach

Michel Blazy

Paul Noble, courtesy of Maureen Paley

Ilan Vanbros

Jeff McMillan

Olivier Genoud

Robert Irelande

Christian Moeller

Heringa/Van Kalsbeek

Gabriel Truan

Stephen Gill


Pascal Rousson

Simon Willems

John M Armleder

Alain Huck

walter Pfeiffer

Vegas Gallery is pleased to present ‘I am by birth a Genevese’ , an installation project imagined by Swiss artist Alexandre Bianchini and French/Swiss artist Pascal Rousson to re-enact the strange atmosphere of Doctor Frankenstein’s laboratory and generate a new art work, a new creature. Made of several and diverse works, purposely clashing with each other, their creation will only been revealed on the evening of the preview.

More than 160 artists have accepted their invitation, including artists currently showing at the pavillions at the Venice Biennale (Switzerland and Austria). If the majority of the works are not particularly shocking, most of them thrive on the idea of weirdness, or possess an inner weirdness (either by the medium, process, or subject used within the work), and their relation to the theme will make sense when displayed altogether. Following Frankenstein’s experience, each work being a metaphor of the scavenged body parts used to conceive the Creature, they were interested to produce an installation, a creature, made out of very eclectic works, in order to create a visual surprise, looking to see if coherence will appear within the accident and the apparent disaster. It also allows them to play with the popular conception of the artist who depicts him as possessed, literally occupied by an inspired spirit that creates and self-destructs.

Both Alexandre Bianchini and Pascal Rousson practices thrive already on the understanding of the nature of art and artist: sourcing and then manipulating their material surroundings, they play with the idea of facades, stage or theatre, and present artists as self-mythologizing thieves of ideas and images. Their practices highlight the social framework conditions within which the artists’ personal relationships are developed, and the inevitability of citations in a post-modernist world who questions the model of artistic imagination and the loss of meaning of images. In this instance, the parallel with the theme of Frankenstein came to them naturally, through the notions of creation, invention and imagination, present within any artistic practice.

This project questions also the different way of exhibiting artworks, through the tradition of Salons and Cabinets of Curiosities, who used to be the only places where art works where exhibited and without curatorial approach. In this instance, the installation can be seen as a critic and metaphor for the role of museum curator, seen as a fake god who tries, through new arrangement and themes, to create a new meaning for works which are fading away trapped in those graves for contemporary art. By opposition, Alexandre Bianchini and Pascal Rousson wish to conduct experimentation, stressing on the visual result rather than a theme: the theme is merely a pretext for the visual clash and experience.

By the juxtaposition of various works within the installation, and their status as parts of a larger whole rather than as self-contained pictorial objects, the installation challenges the concept of art and artists as singular entities, as well as the art’s dissident vision of itself.

Melanie MOREAU

The exhibition will also be shown at Forde-Usine (Geneva), from 8 September to 4 October 2009.

‘I am by birth a Genevese’ is sponsored by Pro Helvetia/Swiss Embassy/Migros pour-cent culturel/Ville de Geneve/Fond d’art contemporain de la ville de Geneve (fmac)

John M Armleder
Dragan Aleksic
Emil Anderfuhren
Solvej Dufour Anderson
Omar Ba
Alex Baladi
Francis Baudevin
Pierre Belouin
Jacob Benjama
Sophie Caroline Bernhard
Donatella Bernardi
Alexandre Bianchini
Vanessa Bianchini
Pierre Bismuth
Christian Bili
Vanessa Billy
Jean-Luc Blanc
Michel Blazy
Amie Bolissian
Kim Seob Boninsegni
Jacques Bonnard
Thomas Bonny
Laurence Bonvin
Olaf Breuning
Tarramo Broennimann
Marc Calame
Frank Capra
Bettina Carl
Adrien Chevalley
Fabien Clerc
Genevieve Closuit
Claudia Comte
Jean Crotti
Charles Cuccu
Richard Decaillet
Pascal Decaillet
Simon Deppierraz
Fouad Dumontier
Hadrien Dussoix
Saskia Edens
Phillippe d Eliopoulos
Anne-Sophie Estoppey
Chris Faria
Joseph Farine
Fred Favre
Estelle Ferreira
Joelle Flumet
Toby Frankenstein
David Fryer
Christopher Fullemann
Francesca Gabbiani
Thomas Galler
Aurelien Gamboni
Anne Gast
Olivier Genoud
Stephen Gill
Geraldine Gliubislavich
Clare Goodwin
Christian Gonzenbach
Alois Godinat
Christian Graser
Wade Guyton
Fabrice Gygi
Herve Graumann
Alex Hanimann
Alain Huck
Richard Hoeck
David Hominal
Robert Irelande
Francois Jeannin
Alexandre Joly
Raphael Julliard
Carl June
Nicole Hassler
Heringa/Van Kalsbeek
Gauthier Huber
Alex Hudson
Greg Hug
Francois Jeannin
Fabio Jaramillo
Julien Kaeser
San Keller
Thomas Koenig
Andreas Kressig
Isamu Krieger
Elke Krystufek
Sarah Lis
Balthazar Lovay
Brighid Lowe
Urs Luthi
Christian Marclay
Angela Marzullo
Stephen McDonald
Jeff McMillan
John Miller
Valentina Mirkovic dos Santos
Christian Moeller
David Monnet
Elena Montesinos
Lucia More
Claudio Moser
Olivier Mosset
Gianni Motti
Melodie Mousset
Paul Noble
Karim Noureldin
Amy o’Neill
Tim Phillips
Matthieu Pilloud
Beatriz Pedrera
Mai-Thu Perret
Gianmose Petazzi
Marie-France Perret-Gentil
MR Magic
Charlemagne Palestine
Steven Parrino
Valentina Pini
Walter Pfeiffer
Yann Leopold Popper
Laure Prouvost
Theodora Quiriconi
Richard Le Quellec
Adam Rabinowitz
Gerald Rast
Helge Reumann
Christophe Rey
Nicolas Rieben
Xavier Robel
Anne Rochat
Pascal Robert
Jeanne-Salomée Rochat
Sylvie Rodriguez
Sandra Roth
Pascal Rousson
Daniel Ruggiero
Eddie Ruscha
Christophe Rutimann
Aline Saigne
Djonam Saltani
Rebecca Sauvin
Pierre Schwerzmann
Francesca Serra
Peter Stoffel
Marion Tampon-Lajarriette
John Tremblay
Gabriel Truan
James Unsworth
Nicolas Vagnieres
Benjamin Valenza
Ilan Vanbros
Marie Velardi
Jean-Luc Verna
Sandrine Viscomi
Morten Viskum
Jean-Philippe Volonter
Nicolas Wagnieres
Patrick Weidmann
Simon Willems
Barbara Yvelin
Olivier Zimermann
Zorro & Bernardo

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