Each month, the Swiss curator Mohamed Almusibli presents a selection of digital works recently produced by Swiss artists, or artists living and working in Switzerland, in the Works section on the 5th floor, our digital extension. This one-year program aims at drawing a panorama of the territories and forms emerging from the Swiss art scene in all its diversity.
Program presented with the support of Pro Helvetia
Fists Full of Secrets
A figure dressed in a coat and wearing sunglasses wanders through an urban setting. The dandy-like figure follows people, goals, and clues hidden to viewers. Whether the detective is also being followed remains unclear. She looks for things to react to in urban space that happen as she walks around, rather than for obvious cause-and-effect relationships. She is present, yet her stoic and mysterious autonomy defy conventional behavioral patterns. She moves out of sync with the time that structures everyday urban life. Her motivation is not the restoration of a social order after being unsettled by a possible crime.
Excerpt from a text by Luca Beeler, for Truths, Scoops, Consequences at Stadtgalerie Bern, 2019
Mia Sanchez (1988, lives and works in Basel) is a visual artist whose work tackles perceptions of language, narratives and rhythm, as a tool for thinking identity, through different mediums such as sculpture, photography and video. she has recently presented her work at Stadtgalerie in Bern, Fri-Art Kunsthalle in Fribourg, Galerie Maria Bernheim in Zurich among others.
Linus Stiefel & Mindaugas Matulis
Tu veux sortir avec moi ?
Tu veux sortir avec moi? is a wild ride in the hot summer sun that causes sweat to pour down the cold-blooded faces of Mendog&Stevil, the protagonists of this video clip for the band Crème Solaire, created by Linus Stiefel and Mindaugas Matulis. They run, chasing each other, pushing each other and making their way through the suburbs in search of a mysterious suitcase.
Linus Stiefel (1996, lives and works in Zurich) is a Swiss artist and musician, frequently working in collaboration with Mindaugas Matulis (1997, lives and works in Lausanne). Their fragmentary workflow is both their boon and bane.
The escape presents a series of anecdotes highlighting the emotional work of an employee in a space that is disturbing, intense, contradictory and transformative: an airport.
The dialogues in the film are based on interviews with 15 former colleagues of Camille Dumond at Geneva airport in 2018, where she worked for 3 years as ground agent.
The film tells the story of a workplace from a behind-the-scenes perspective. The fictional part of this short film is developed in the abandoned Tempelhof airport in Berlin, representing an heterotopia where the social evolution of three employees, based on real stories reenacted by actors, develop through an imaginary and emancipating path for the main character.
Camille Dumond (1988, lives and works in Geneva) is an interdisciplinary artist with degrees from HEAD-Geneva and ESBANM (Nantes). Her practice takes the form of installations and objects, conceived before or after the films she has been making since 2017, on the edge of the visual arts and cinema.