The CEC at week-end
Genève Art Contemporain
Itinerant presentation of the facsimile of the publication Les plaintifs, les bêtes, les politiques
Signing session in the presence of Thomas Hirschhorn
Edited by the CEC!
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.
From 6 PM Book Launch: #picturebook1 by Jean-Michel Wicker, presented by the artist
From 6 PM Book Launch: #picturebook1 by Jean-Michel Wicker, presented in collaboration with The Printed Room, SALTS and the Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva
With a reading by Harry Burke and a specially produced flyer by Jean-Michel Wicker
From 6 PM Presentation of Jean-Michel Wicker’s edition, #picturebook1, artist’s book, offset, 27 × 28.5 cm, 396 pages, including 360 pages in colour and 36 pages in black on LuxoArt Silk 150 g/m2 paper, glossy colour cover, LuxoArt Silk 350 g/m2, 10 inserts, colour, 26.5 × 28 cm, LuxoArt Silk 130 g/m2, publication of an arbre de vie produced by Jean-Michel Wicker in collaboration with Marlie Mul, a text by Harry Burke, and a recipe for Alsatian plum pie by Charlotte Wicker (French), English, an edition of 500. Graphic design: Maximage Société Suisse, London. Printing: DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg, Altenburg. Edition of the Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva, June 2017.
For this exhibition, Jakob Kolding will be proposing a scenography reminiscent of 19th century dioramas or the photomontages of the Théâtre Alfred Jarry, a small theatre that will fill all our exhibition spaces and be visible from outside, both as an installation and a public artwork. Several scaled up or down “standing” silhouettes will be grouped on this stage set, creating an interplay of juxtapositions and gaps. Each figure suggests a historical or anonymous person, illustrative of Jakob Kolding’s extended vocabulary of literary, philosophical, artistic or personal references, and encouraging a sociological, cultural and aesthetic interrogation of the use of space. While in his earlier works this critical research was more closely linked to the phenomena of the transformation of urban space and gentrification, Kolding has more recently approached different concepts of space in a broader, more open and ambivalent way, as areas where questions of identity are simultaneously complex, shifting and multiple. (more…)
Jean-Michel Wicker’s exhibition BBiblioteca ffanafffantastica brings together several works involving the medium of print for which the artist has worked out a number of iterations, including fanzines, scrapbooks, antibooks, book-objects, and flyers. The display will also feature supports, both literal and figurative, that have something to do with books, and other elements that extend the gesture of consultation, reading and writing, even the function of storage. This includes bookcases, display stands, showcases, tables and chairs. Other objects or useful ordinary materials like electric wires, clothing, key rings, neon lights, lamps and tarps will be transformed, cobbled together, and combined with a wide range of supports in their usual and unsurprising form or reappropriated and put to other uses. Those supports include paper, cardboard, plastic, papier-mâché, and shells. (more…)