RECENT editionS

2017
Jakob Kolding
Through the Looking Glass
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Mélanie Matranga
A : Hope open et B : Love close
2016
Jean-Michel Wicker
Belle étiquette
Mathis Gasser In the Museum
1 2 (3), Regulators 1 2 n
Artist’s Voices
triple vinyle
Valentin Carron
Sunset Punta Cana
2015
Tobias Kaspar
Heart-Bite Valentine’s Day Teddy
Jason Dodge
edition of 120
David Hominal
Détail
Jason Dodge
“what we keep doing to ourselves”
(made near Jean Calvin’s grave)
Jason Dodge
Shoes made for someone with three feet by a master shoemaker in Berlin.
David Maljkovic
with
Konstantin Grcic
Negatives
2014
Victor Man
untitled
Raphaël Julliard
RREPTILES
Oriol Vilanova
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY
2013
David Hominal
Through the Windows
silkscreen prints
David Hominal
Throught the Windows
publication
Philippe Decrauzat
One second, Notes on Replica
Jonathan Monk
Soft Boiled Egg 1/10, …, Soft Boiled Eggs 10/10

 


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Edited by the CEC!

 

Exhibition October 13 – November 25, 2017
Opening October 12, 2017 from 2:30 PM

 

Editions by Valentin Carron, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, François Curlet, Philippe Decrauzat, Jason Dodge, Sylvie Fleury, Mathis Gasser, David Hominal, Tobias Kaspar, Jakob Kolding, Mélanie Matranga, Giuseppe Penone, Oscar Tuazon, Oriol Vilanova, Jean-Michel Wicker, Susanne M. Winterling, Heimo Zobernig

 

Focus: Mélanie Matranga

 

 

Mélanie Matranga’s artistic approach is crossed by stories that infiltrate a production of objects, installations, films, and even pieces of furniture and reconstructions of interiors that are loaded with signifying signs, texts and images: drawings, photographs, prints, projections. These combined elements propose “situations” that interrogate intimacy and seem to be filled with sensations and residual feelings, receptacles where real life experience and imagination, the document and the scenario meet.

Mélanie Matranga analyses issues related to identity, relations linked to love, to the other and to community. In a society where everyone seems to live in his or her emotionally, psychologically and socially isolated world, and where exchange seems deferred by the absorbing digital world, social networks, by the merging of new fears and injunctions to being “one’s self”, intensifying even more egocentricity, amplifying the loss of solidarity and accentuating solitude. Matranga’s “rooms” offer a calm atmosphere, favourable to listening, empathy and thinking.

These “places” question a world where individualism and different community groups seem to juxtapose more and more and cut individuals off from one another. These phenomena of non-communication are particularly and subtly showcased in the last two videos of Mélanie Matranga, Jour&Nuit (2015) and You (2016), where figures – often teenagers – meet and try to communicate verbally, emotionally, sensually or sexually without success. In these short stories, the actors seem to float, stuck in their minds or their personal concerns, they have trouble communicating, but without really minding. They meet, miss each other, meet up again, coincidently, led by a very open scenario, leaving time and space to be free to experiment and live.

Mélanie Matranga remains in a simple, poor and accessible aesthetic. She combines furniture and elements of basic decor – beds, mattresses, cushions, armchairs, lamps, wall coverings -, that she works in natural materials – wood, cotton, rope – and manipulates in a DIY manner or rearranges, far from design, she favours the hand-made. Objects calling for comfort or sometimes for an ironic discomfort, but always remaining soft, bright, propose to the audience a form of relaxation and availability. As said by Matranga herself: “What interests me, is how to place myself physically in a place, but also how to place myself in life in regard to others, how to define one’s self in relation to others”.

For the CEC and the presentation of her two films, Jour&Nuit and You, Mélanie Matranga has planned to set up a cabin consisting of large white sheet panels, separating the projection from the rest of the exhibition space and from light, thus offering a protected space conducive to viewing these intimate works, and inviting us simultaneously to introspection and to our relationship to alterity.

Mélanie Matranga is a young french artist born in 1985 in Marseille. She lives and works in Paris and has participated in several collective exhibitions between 2013 and 2017 at the Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund, Cneai, Paris, Atelier de Rennes, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris, the Ludwig Museum, Köln, Union Pacific, London, Artists Space, New York, LUMA Westbau, Zürich and at Castillo/Corrales, Paris. She has also been invited to do several personnal exhibitions between 2014 and 2017 at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Karma International, Los Angeles, Indipendenza, Rome, Edouard Montassut, Paris, Palais de Tokyo, Paris and the Frieze Artist Award, Frieze Art Fair, London.
[1] Quote from the interview with Mélanie Matranga conducted by Thomas Boutoux and Benjamin Thorel, published in the monograph of Melanie Matranga, collection Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Les presses du réel, Dijon, 2015

Upcoming

 

Edited by the CEC!

Presentation of the editions of Valentin Carron, Mathis Gasser, Jakob Kolding, Jean-Michel Wicker…

Focus: Mélanie Matranga

Exhibition October 13 – November 25, 2017
Opening Thursday October 12, 2017 from 2:30 PM

 

Le CEC at week-end
Genève Art Contemporain

Saturday and Sunday November 11 and 12, 2017
11:00 – 18:00

 

Thomas Hirschhorn
Les plaintifs, les bêtes, les politiques
(
ed. facsimile, 2017)

Mobile exhibition and signing session by Thomas Hirschhorn

Saturday 11 November, from 13:00