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LIVING IN A TIME OF GREAT UPHEAVAL

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

Séverin Guelpa puise son inspiration dans la matière du territoire dont il révèle les forces, les mouvements et les énergies. Son travail associe matériaux bruts et procédés de construction pour traduire les états d’un paysage en profond bouleversement. Il modifie, pèse ou déplace alors les matières premières dans de grandes installations qui évoquent les liens entre action humaine d’une part et forme de résilience naturelle de l’autre, cherchant à questioner les changements radicaux qui attendent notre société.

Avec MATZA qu’il fonde en 2014, Séverin Guelpa investit différentes régions du monde, territoires extrêmes ou zones urbaines en mouvement, dans lesquels il réunit artistes, experts et architectes. L’expérience des régions explorées et les savoir-faire des gens qui y vivent nourrissent alors une réflexion sur notre capacité d’adaptation et les formes de développement et d’émancipation qui naissent au contact de la nature. L’apprentissage par le lieu devient pour lui un moyen d’aborder les questions écologiques, économiques ou sociales d’aujourd’hui et de se saisir des grands bouleversements actuels.


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

Séverin Guelpa is interested in the extreme territories from which he draws his inspiration, seeking to reveal the forces, movements and energies that are found there. His work combines building materials, construction techniques, vernacular knowledge and raw materials to translate the different states of a constantly changing environment. He transforms, weighs or moves materials in large immersive installations that often translate the links between human action and nature, questioning the fragile balances in which the world finds itself today.

Séverin Guelpa inscribes his work in the experience of the regions he explores around the world and the expeditions he leads with MATZA, in contact with the territory and its inhabitants. By confronting arid climates, regions with limited resources or the living conditions of the communities that live there, he is interested in what nature can teach us but also in our capacity to adapt. The experience of these places becomes a way for him to address today’s ecological, economic or social issues and to reflect on the radical changes that await our society.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS / EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES

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

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

2021 – MATZA EDGELANDS Medellin (Matza), Colombia
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)