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.
A tous ces travailleurs
These are men and women filmed by the Red Cross in different parts of the world and at different times. They come from Japan, Algeria, Cambodia or Nepal. The selected and cropped images show the hard work of these victims of, for example, post-colonial warfare.
Other images are from Morocco, showing women working in a shrimp factory in Tangier as well as a butcher on the move recently filmed during Eid al-Adha.
The labour, they did not ask for it. In reality, these workers must rebuild their future at the expense of their physical and mental health, their skin, bones and back. Taken from the film Sur la planche by Leïla Kilani, Badia’s voice seems to guide and coach them as they labor.
Born in Geneva in 1995 of Moroccan and Swiss origin, Yasmine Bahechar obtained a high school diploma in law, economics and visual arts. After a sabbatical year during which she worked in a café in Plainpalais as a waitress, she realized that it is in documentary film that she sees herself working. In September 2020 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in directing at HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Art et Design) with the film A l’Ancienne.
The film was created during a workshop with filmmaker Mike Hoolboom, in collaboration with the Red Cross Museum.
“Hyper Distance” is a dystopian fiction that takes place in an unknown border area. Torn between dream state, promise and totalitarian system its inhabitants are inevitably exposed to racism, discrimination and xenophobia. Permanent uncertainty and emotional numbness serve as drug-like indoctrination. Caught in trigger moments, escape is the only way out.
Milos Stolic is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the use of mass media and computer-generated imagery. He bases his work on the fact that there is a long-established cultural racism and appropriation hidden in Western image making and distribution. His areas of interest lay in the investigation of the “white-gaze”, formerly established through ethnographic imagery and the shifting to the technological possibilities of creating virtual realities.
Remy Ugarte Vallejos
Reflecting “cyber-culture”, urbanism and voyeur society, Ryokuhi Club explores derealization around and between virtual spaces. Concrete towers, a symbol of modernity, represent a floating space and all-embracing space, both local and global at the same time, real and imagined. By proposing a multi-layered fabulation, the work addresses questions of social relations, surveillance, and identity by demonstrating alterations in everyday life, characterized by urban culture. After all, Ryokuhi Club suggests a world inhabited by a digital spirit, in which there appears a community of augmented individuals. Ryokuhi means “natural fertilizer” in Japanese.
Remy Ugarte Vallejos (1993, Fribourg) works and lives in Lausanne. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Photography (ECAL, 2018) and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Fine Arts at HEAD – Genève. He has been granted the ABA residency of Pro Helvetia in 2019 and the artistic residency of the canton of Fribourg in 2020, both in Berlin.