Swiss Photobooks in China (exhibition) 从雨林到赛博格——瑞士摄影书展 (展览)







瑞士作为一个联邦制国家,其丰富的自然景观、文化、风俗一直吸引着瑞士摄影师长期关注本土的自然、社会风景和日常生活的变迁。《雪山公园》(Snow Parks)选自菲利普·弗拉尼埃 (Philippe Fragnière)2012年在瑞士洛桑艺术与设计大学毕业创作及之后创作的系列照片,这本书把瑞士雪地公园的照片作为一个连续的景观呈现出来,置于一个不断的组装和重新排列的过程中。芭芭拉·达瓦茨 (Barbara Davatz)《随着时间的推移到1982年1988年1997年2014年》(As Time Goes By 1982 1988 1997 2014)一书中包含了达瓦茨在1982年首次拍摄的12对夫妇的肖像,以及她在上述其余年份持续跟进的作品,除了拍摄环境的变化之外,衰老是本书的唯一线索。

作为步履不停的“探险家”,瑞士摄影师们与他们的祖先一样,足迹遍布世界各地。严·格罗斯(Yann Gross)的《丛林之书》(The Jungle Book)曾获2015年法国阿尔勒摄影节“手工书大奖”。这本书记录了他在亚马逊河流域的一次影像朝圣之旅,这次“旅程”褪下了异域故事的神秘面纱,发掘丛林中土著居民的现代生存境况。马修·加弗苏 (Matthieu Gafsou)的出版物《超人类主义》 (H+)是一次摄影与超人类主义的持续对话,在为期4年的创作中,他从瑞士到俄罗斯,从法国、德国到捷克共和国的旅程中建立了一个清晰的超人类主义革命地图。

本次书展作为瑞士文化基金会发起的展览项目之一,将于2020年在北京和上海的 abC书展进行展出,此外,该项目还将在今年陆续于深圳设计互联 | 海上世界文化艺术中心、上海Modern Art Base以及北京三影堂摄影艺术中心展出。



Swiss Photobooks in China

Initiator: Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council

Curator: He Yining

Photobook publishing has been an important part of photography’s history and Switzerland’s visual culture since the late 1920s. For about eight years, Pro Helvetia has begun funding photobook projects to promote the creation, production, and distribution of Swiss photobooks in a way that reflects the industry’s dynamic development and has since supported the publication of more than 50 books. The exhibition “Swiss Photobooks in China” features a selection of 29 photobooks published in Switzerland and abroad whose contents cover a wide range of themes and visual languages in Swiss photography from the late 20th century to date.

Swiss photographers have long been drawn to the changes in the federal republic’s geographic, social, and everyday landscape, which is known for its natural beauty, rich culture, and unique customs. Snow Parks is a collection of photos from artist Philippe Fragnière’s thesis project at the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (2012) and subsequent works; it depicts snow parks in Switzerland as a coherent landscape in the process of constant assembling and reorganization. As Time Goes By 1982 1988 1997 2014 by Barbara Davatz features portraits of 12 couples, whom the artist photographed first in 1982 and then in 1988, 1997, and 2014; aside from the changing backgrounds, aging is an important theme that ties the images together.

As explorers, Swiss photographers have left their footprints all over the globe, just like their ancestors. The Jungle Book, which won the Dummy Book Award at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2015, is documentation of photographer Yann Gross’s artistic pilgrimage along the Amazon River, which demystifies the exotic landscape and takes a close look at the living conditions of the indigenous people in today’s world. Matthieu Gafsou’s H+ presents an ongoing dialogue between photography and transhumanism, in which the artist can create a detailed map of the transhumanist revolution through 4 years of research that took him from Switzerland to Russia, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

In addition to the two shows at abC 2020 in Beijing and Shanghai, “Swiss Photobooks in China” will also travel to the Design Society (Shenzhen), Modern Art Base (Shanghai), and the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing) later this year an exhibition program initiated by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council.

More details on the photobooks supported by Pro Helvetia on the website


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