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Visual Arts

Augustin Rebetez’s debut at Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale


Title: 2018 Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale
Exhibition: Throw Your Shadows
Artist: Augustin Rebetez
Date: December 8, 2018 to March 10, 2019
Curator: Holly Roussell Perret-Gentil
Organizer: Shenzhen OCT-LOFT

Lecture: Snowmen and Other Melted Dreams
Artist: Augustin Rebetez
Time: December 5, 2018, 13:30-17:00
Venue: the Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

Young Swiss artist Augustin Rebetez has received the commission from The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia to produce in China a project called “Throw Your Shadows”, which is now presented at the 2018 Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale.

“Throw Your Shadows”

“Throw Your Shadows” is a multi-channel, fully immersive installation uniting light engineering, painting, photography, sculpture, and noise to construct an epileptic experience, throwing us into a world of poetic tension, gloom, darkness, and contemplation of psychological notions within the human condition. Oscillating between reality and nightmare, a dizzying realm has been created using the technique of stop-motion animation (rooted in photography).  This project will be Rebetez’ first exhibition in China and is exemplary of his multifaceted artistic practice that creates an evocative alternate visual universe to express the mechanisms and images within his own subconscious.

This project is produced in collaboration with Laurent Güdel (noise); Niklas Blomberg (acting); Milla Lahtinen (acting); Romain Berger (set design); Louis Riondel (lights).

Augustin Rebetez

Augustin Rebetez (b. 1986, Switzerland) makes vivacious poetry burst out of simple materials. The contrasts that he stages – with pictures, drawings, installations or stop-motion movies– depict a tragic-comical reality. The results plays to the creation of a visually playful, moving, sometimes dizzying or gloomy universe.

Since 2009, Augustin Rebetez has participated in numerous exhibitions, primarily in Europe but also in North America, South Korea, Nigeria, Mexico and Lebanon.  He was awarded the PhotoFolio Review prize at the Rencontres d’Arles in France (2010), the Swiss Photo Award (2012), the Kiefer Hablitzel Prize (2012) and the Vevey International Photo Award (2013-2014). In 2014, his work was exhibited at the Biennale of Sydney. In 2015 he completed his first play for the stage at the Théâtre de Vidy in Lausanne.

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