Swiss artist Valentin Carron (35) has been selected to represent Switzerland at the 2013 art biennale in Venice. Living and working in the vineyard village of Fully in the Rhone valley, Carron is an outstanding figure in the young Swiss arts scene.
Valentin Carron will design the Swiss Pavilion in Venice in 2013. Pro Helvetia’s biennials jury has nominated the young artist, born 1977 in Martigny, to represent Switzerland at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Carron’s exhibition at this prime global platform for contemporary art will be curated by Giovanni Carmine from Ticino, currently director of Kunst Halle St. Gallen.
The Swiss canton of Valais, with its cultural heritage significantly influenced by tourism, plays a major role in Carron’s work. He gives new meaning to familiar images of the region, generating an ambivalent and disconcerting effect. His creations evoke doubt regarding the authenticity of objects and the meaning commonly attached to them, and we are reminded that identity is ultimately a construction. Carron’s sculptures, paintings and installations contain references to pop art and appropriation art.
After studying at the art colleges of Sierre and Lausanne, Valentin Carron launched his career in 2000 with a series of exhibitions that gained widespread attention. Shows at Mamco and Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva were followed by solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Zurich and the Swiss Institute in New York. Visitors of Art Basel 2009 will remember Valentin Carron’s enormous sculpture in the shape of a cross on the Art Basel exhibition ground. In 2010, Palais de Tokyo in Paris dedicated a solo exhibition to the by then internationally renowned Swiss artist.
Broadly based Swiss presence
To add an international touch to the Swiss presence at the biennale, Pro Helvetia is organising a multi-faceted lecture and discussion programme by the name of «Salon Suisse» at the centrally located Palazzo Trevisan in Venice. Further information on Switzerland’s contributions to the biennials is available at www.biennials.ch. Pro Helvetia has been responsible for Switzerland’s presence at the art and architecture biennials of Venice and Cairo since the beginning of 2012. Last year, it appointed a seven-strong jury to pick Switzerland’s representatives. These now also include a curator.
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Media Release Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, 08.06.2012