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ARCHITECTURE OF AN AUTONOMY

Séverin Guelpa est artiste et curateur. Il vit et travaille depuis Genève (1974).

S’inspirant des régions du monde qu’il explore et des ressources qui s’y trouvent, le travail de Séverin Guelpa aborde des questions d’identité, de culture, de temps ou encore d’émancipation.  Ses architectures, comme ses sculptures, vidéos et photographies parlent ou se travaillent à partir de matières premières, pierres, éléments de construction ou matériaux de récupération qu’il extrait, assemble ou met en tension pour parler de notre rapport au monde et aux ressources dont nous dépendons. Il s’inspire et travaille généralement à partir de sites menacés, le plus souvent au sein de régions désertiques, en cherchant dans la singularité de ces lieux et les savoirs des gens qui y vivent les lignes de force de son travail.

Avec MATZA qu’il fonde en 2014 et dont il est curateur, Séverin Guelpa investit parallèlement à travers le monde, territoires extrêmes ou zones urbaines emblématiques dans lesquels il réunit artistes, experts, architectes et habitants. L’expérience des régions explorées nourrit alors un travail sur notre capacité d’adaptation et les formes d’intelligence collective qui naissent dans ces territoires. Après le désert de Mojave (2014-2017), le glacier d’Aletsch (2016-2018), les iles de Kerkennah (2017) et plusieurs villes suisses, il co-dirige aujourd’hui le projet MATZA Edgelands qui a lieu dans 7 villes différentes à travers le monde.

Après une licence en Sciences politiques (Université de Genève), Séverin Guelpa obtient un master en arts visuels de la HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Arts et de Design – Genève).

 

Séverin Guelpa is an artist and curator. He lives and works from Geneva (1974).

Inspired by the regions of the world he explores and their resources, Séverin Guelpa’s work addresses questions of identity, culture, time and emancipation. His architectures, like his sculptures, videos and photographs, combine raw materials, construction elements and salvaged materials, which he assembles, weighs and tensions to speak of our relationship with the world and its resources. He generally draws his inspiration and work from marginal sites, most often in desert regions, looking to the singularity of these places and the knowledge of the people who live there for the main thrust of his work.

With MATZA, which he founded in 2014 and of which he is curator, Séverin Guelpa invests in parallel across the world, extreme territories or emblematic urban areas in which he brings together artists, experts, architects and inhabitants. The experience of the regions explored then feeds into work on our ability to adapt and the forms of collective intelligence that emerge in these territories. After the Mojave Desert (2014-2017), the Aletsch Glacier (2016-2018), the Kerkennah Islands (2017) and several Swiss cities, he is now co-directing the MATZA Edgelands project, which is taking place in 7 different cities around the world.

After graduating in Political Science from the University of Geneva, Séverin Guelpa obtained a Master’s degree in Visual Arts from HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Arts et de Design – Geneva).


ABOUT SEVERIN GUELPA`S WORK

RUMBLING WATERS / Some thoughts on the art of Séverin Guelpa. A text by Dorothea Strauss (Zurich, CH), 2023

ENERGY AS A VEHICLE / A text about the work of Séverin Guelpa, Simon Lamunière, curator (Geneva, CH), 2018

MATZA MOJAVE / About Séverin Guelpa, Bill Fox, curator and art historian (Reno, USA), 2023


SOLO EXHIBITIONS / EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES

2023 – TREMBLEMENT, Centre d’art Les Halles, Porrentruy

2022 – ECOUTER GRONDER LE MONDE, Université de Genève (Suisse), 15 – 27.11.2022

2021 – NATURE OF PROVIDENCE, Building Bridges Gallery, Santa Monica (USA), 4.9 – 5.10.2021
2021 – SUBSIDENCE OF GROWTH, Kunsthalle Arbon (CH), 2–31.10.2021

2020 – LA TERMITIERE, Théâtre de l’Orangerie, Geneva (CH), 8.7 – 23.9.2020

2019 – MATTER FOR DISSIDENCE, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich (CH), 8.2 – 3.3.2019
2019 – DUPLEX ZEPPELIN, Meyrin (CH), 2.7.2019
2019 – BROKEN, Le Salon Vert Gallery, Carouge (CH), 15 – 25.9.2019

2017 – RADICAL BIOTOPE, Ferme Asile, Sion (CH), 29.9 – 15.12.2017
2017 – THE SUN BOWL AND THE CIRCLE, Amboy (USA), 08.2017

2016 – MATIERES PREMIERES, Halle Nord, Geneva (CH)

2015 – DRYLAND MOTEL LOBBY LAB, Amboy (USA)
2015 – THE BLACK ACT, Project Space MAXXX, Sierre (CH)
2015 – KAYENTA – Halle Nord, Capsule 2, Geneva, (CH)

2014 – STONES OF SUBSISTENCE, Le Salon Vert Gallery, Carouge (CH)
2014 – GOLDEN SMILE SALTY TEARS, Amboy (USA)

2013 – A CORN’S STORY, performance, Beijing (China)

2011 – FRIENDSHIP HOLIDAY HOTEL, Café CULT, Geneva
2011 – PERFORMA, UNI MAIL University building, Geneva
2011 – CHALLENGE THE DAY, Stargazer Gallery, Geneva
2011 – GLORIOSUS, Ex-Machina Gallery, Geneva

GROUP SHOWS / EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES

2023 – MARGE DE MANOEUVRES, le Manoir de Martigny
2023 – VIVEMENT DEMAIN, Bex & Arts, triennale d’art, Bex
2023 – TRANSFORMATIONS, Musée F. Gertsch, Burgdorf

2022 – LOS ANGELES ART SHOW, 12-16.01.2022
2022 – FMAC, exposition des acquisitions 2021, Genève, 21.12.2022 – 21.2.2023
2022 – CIDADE FLORESTA, Museo de Manana, Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), 4-12..6.2022
2022 – APPETIZERS 2022, Leuk Schloss, Leuk (Switzerland), 7 – 26.5.2022

2021 – EPHEMERE ET DURABLE, Au bord de l’Aire, Geneva (CH)
2021 – RESISTENCIA Y PODER, Centex, Valparaiso (CHL), 19.6 – 20.7.2021
2021 – MAGALLANES Y LAS GEOGRAFIAS DE LO (DES)CONOCIDO, Parque Cultural Valparaiso (CHL)
2021 – MAGALLANES Y LAS GEOGRAFIAS DE LO (DES)CONOCIDO, Suizspacio, Santiago (CHL)
2021 – RESISTENCIA Y PODER, Museo Regional de Magallanes, Punta Arenas (CHL), 2 – 22.11.2021
2021 – LOW TECH, Forum Meyrin (CH), 25.9 – 24.12.2021
2021 – APPETIZERS, Leuk Schloss, Leuk (CH), 25.5 – 15.6.2021

2020 – AVANT DEMAIN, Château de Pentes, Geneva (CH), 4.9 – 13.12.2020
2020 – TREMBLEMENT – Partie #1 (CH), 24 –27.9.2020
2020 – BONE FESTIVAL, Bern (CH), 10 – 17.8.2020

2019 – SUPERSTRUCTURE, Meyrin (CH), 2 – 3.2.2019
2019 – GET A NERVE, Geneva (CH), 28.1 – 3.2.2019)
2019 – PARADISE PARALLAX, Joshua Tree Treeniale, Joshua Tree (USA), 2 – 16.4.2019
2019 – LE BÜRO, Laurence Bernard Gallery, Geneva
2019 – SPIELACT festival, Geneva (CH), 1 – 11.6.2019
2019 – HEART GENEVA, Geneva (CH), 19.6 – 31.8.2019
2019 – LES DILETTANTES Gallery, Sion (CH), 18.6.2019
2019 – BALEAPOP festival, St-Jean de Luz (FR), 12 – 18.8.2019
2019 – POINT DE VUE, La Poudrière, Bayonne (FR)

2018 – ART GENEVE, Stand Aparté, Geneva (CH)
2018 – MASS IN MOTION, Matza, Aletsch glacier (CH) 27.8 – 9.9.2018
2018 – Galerie des Multiples, Paris (FR), 13 – 30.9.2018
2018 – UTOPIES VISUELLES, Sousse (TUN), 4 – 25.7.2018
2018 – JBAM#2018,  Meyrin (CH), 16.6 – 15.9.2018
2018 – UNION TMF, Halle Nord,  Geneva (CH), 7 – 22.6.2018
2018 – MANAGING NEW DISPLACEMENTS FROM GEOGRAPHY, Atacama desert (CHL), 10 – 20.7.2018
2018 – DE RETOUR DU GLACIER, MATZA Aletsch, Ferme Asile, Sion (CH)

2017 – COMMUN, Matza Kerkennah, Bardo national museum, Tunis (TUN), 14.4 – 7.5. 2017
2017 – DO DISTURB, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR), 21 – 23.4. 2017
2017 – JAOUI  Festival, Tunis (TUN), 10 – 20.5.2017
2017 – NIGHT OF THE LIVING SCARECROWS, Geneva (CH), 9.9.2017
2017 – Triennale du Valais, Martigny (CH), 26.8 – 15.12.2017

2016 – STARING AXIS, 4th Biennale of Land Art (Mongolia)
2016 – UNDERGROUNDS, MATZA, Amboy 2016 (USA)
2016 – UNDERGROUNDS, Bâtiment 76, Genève (CH)
2016 – UNDERGROUDS, MATZA, Aletsch glacier 2016 (CH)
2016 – TWISTING CRASH – Romantso Art space, Athens (GR)

2015 – DRYLAND MOTEL LOBBY LAB, MATZA Amboy, (USA)

2014 – UN REGARD SUR LA VILLE, Bulle, Musée gruérien (CH)
2014 – AGORA, 4e Biennale d’Athènes (GR)

2013 – C’EST MOI QUI CHOISIS, LIVH (Live in your head) Geneva (CH)
2013 – CULTURAL CLASH, Leipzig (Alle), Strasbourg (Fr), Geneva (CH)
2013 – THE FAWN, THE FORD, THE ROSES AND THE STRETCHING TREE, Le voyage à Nantes, Nantes (Fr)
2013 – LANCY 2012, Lancy (CH)
2013 – BUREAU DE PRATIQUES RÉVERSIBLES, Espace temporaire, Geneva (CH)
2013 – STUDIO3003, International exhibition of young artists, Xi’An (China)

2012 – RATHANIA’S, Musée Rath, Geneva (CH)
2012 – EX-CORPUS, Ex-Machina Gallery, Geneva (CH)

2011 – JUNGKUNST, Winthertur (CH)
2011 – MANIFESTO, Toulouse (FR)

EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS CURATION / COMMISSARIAT DE PROJTS ET D’EXPOSITIONS

2023 – DIGITAL INFORMALITIES, MATZS Edgelands Nairobi (Kenya), 23.1. – 14.2.2023)
2022 – BLURRED LINES, MATZA Edgelands, Cucuta(Colombia)), 31.1 – 20.3.2022
2022 – COMMON GROUNDS; MATZA Edgelands, Medellin (Colombia), 22 – 31.7.2022
2021 – BIVOUAC (Labor–Matza), Lausanne (CH), 4 – 27.6.2021
2019 – SUPERSTRUCTURE, MATZA Meyrin (CH) 2019
2018 – MASS IN MOTION, MATZA Aletsch (CH)27.8 – 9.9.2018
2017 – FORGOTTEN LAND, Navajo reservation (USA)
2017 – COMMUN (MATZA Kerkennah),  Iles de Kerkennah (TUN)
2017 – ANTICIPATING THE EXTREME, MATZA Aletsch (CH)
2017 – BIG, Biennale des Espaces d’Art Indépendants de Genève, Geneva (CH)
2016 – UNDERGROUNDS, Bâtiment 76, Geneva (CH)
2016 – UNDERGROUNDS, MATZA Amboy (USA)
2016 – TWISTING CRASH, Espace Romantso, Athènes (GR)
2016 – UNDERGROUNDS, MATZA Aletsch (CH)
2015 – STEELENGE, BIG, Biennale des Espaces d’Art Indépendants de Genève, Geneva (CH)
2015 – TWISTING CRASH, Le Commun, Geneva (CH)
2015 – DRYLAND MOTEL LOBBY LAB, MATZA, Halle Nord, Genève (CH)
2009 – SILSCREEN WORKSHOP, Agent double Geneva (CH)
2009 – OFF SPACES, Espaces temporaires – laboratoire d’art et d’actions collectives, Geneva (CH)

AWARDS, RESIDENCIES AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS / BOURSES, PRIX RESIDENCES ET FONDS PUBLIC

2020 – Swiss art award (finalist)
2018 – Prix Picker Aparté 2017-2018
2016 – Prix Artpro pour projet expérimental, Canton du Valais
2013 – Prix “Coup de coeur” des amis de la Fondation AHEAD, Genève

2021 – BUILDING BRIDGES residency, Los Angeles (USA), 14.8 – 10.9.2021
2020 – CAB Residency, Punta Arenas, Patagonie (CHL), 18.1 – 5.2.2020
2019 –  HEARINGS, site specific intervenetion, Manaus (BR),  6-12.10.2019
2019 –  BOXO Residency, Joshua tree, USA (20.3-12.4.2019)

Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève
Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Meyrin

MANDATES, LECTURES AND TEACHINGS / MANDATS, CONFERENCES ET ENSEIGNEMENTS

2021 –  UNCOVER Aletsch 2021 (CH), workshop
2021 –  UNCOVER Zermatt (CH), workshop
2020 – 22 – EDHEA, Ecole d’art et de design de Sierre (CH), associate research artist
2020 – EDHEA, Ecole d’art et de design de Sierre (CH), invited artist
2020 – UNCOVER Aletsch 2020 (CH), workshop
2018 – ENERGY AS A VEHICLE, CCS, Centre culturel suisse, lecture, 18.3.2018
2018 – ENERGY AS A VEHICLE, Centre d’art contemporain, cinéma Dynamo, Genève, conference, 16.10.2018
2018 – ENERGY AS A VEHICLE, Kunstraum Walcheturm, conference 27.9.2018
2018 – SNOW CITY, Sandberg Institute, Lac de Lioson (CH), workshop
2017 – DRYLAB 2023, Phoenix University, Amboy (USA), workshop,
2017 – MAKING THINGS COMMON, UCLA Summer Institute, Los Angeles (USA), conference
2017 – UCLA, Art&Sci Center, Los Angeles (USA), conference
2017 – ALONG ECOLOGICAL LINES, EDHEA, Valais (CH), workshop
2017 – LE MANIFESTE DU COMMUN, EDHEA, Valais (CH), workshop
2017 – CONDUITE FORCEE, Sion (CH), workshop, EPFL-HEAD
2016 – L’EAU, SOURCE DU TERRITOIRE, Sion (CH), workshop, EPFL- HEAD
2017 – EPFL, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne – chargé de cours 2016-17
2016 – CCC, Conseil consultatif de la culture, Genève (member 2016-2019)
2013 – FPLCE, Fondation pour la promotion de la culture émergente, Geneva (member 2013-2016)
2011 –  ZABRISKIE POINT – espace d’art indépendant, Geneva (CH), co-curation until 2015
2010 – LE VELODROME – centre autogéré d’artistes, Geneva (CH), president until 2012

EDUCATION / FORMATION

Master en arts visuels, Head, Geneva (2013)
Licence en Sciences politiques, Geneva University (1997)