The series of images presented by Catherine Leutenegger are the result of her stay as an artist in residence in the megalopolis of Chennai, India. There she photographed the second life of the canvas posters, placards and murals that are created and presented in public places: posters of celebrities like actors and politicians, of unknown people for their birthdays, memorials and publicity campaigns. These images can later be found at the seaside, being used to cover fishing equipment or vendors’ stalls, producing a visual chaos in which different worlds come together and intermingle. When reused for different purposes, the previously two-dimensional images turn into three-dimensional sculptural mounds, distorting the faces depicted on them. Gradually they get torn up, then fade and disappear, in a kind of metaphor for the fragility of the image and the individual in present-day society.
Venue: Rue Basse
Catherine Leutenegger (CH), born in 1983, is a visual artist, photographer and teacher based in Switzerland. She obtained a Master in Photography from ECAL, Lausanne and has received several awards: the Prix Photographie Vaud 2018, the Manor Cultural Prize and two Swiss Design Awards. Her work has been exhibited and published around the world and is held in several collections, including the MAST Foundation, the Musée Niépce, the BCV Collection and the Musée de l’Elysée.