16 October, 6.30pm

The Centre d’art Contemporain and aparté are pleased to invite you to the presentation of Séverin Guelpa’s monograph.

16 October, 6.30pm, Cinéma Dynamo at the Centre d’Art Contemporain.

Séverin Guelpa in conversation with Simon Lamunière

Screening of the film “Matza” and the launch of his first monograph “Energy as a vehicle”, published by aparté.

For the occasion of the launch of Séverin Guelpa’s first monograph by aparté - the Association for the Promotion of Emerging Artists - the artist will present his film MATZA (2017) at Cinéma Dynamo. Part expedition, exploration and experimentation, MATZA is an artistic initiative that unites teams of artists and scientists to work with ideas associated with territory, its resources and democracy.

During the evening, Séverin Guelpa will also present his first monograph bringing together the artist's entire body of work of Matza projects to date, with curator Simon Lamunière, the author of the essay on his work.

A true ancestor of popular petition, the matze was traditionally made from a piece of of wood torn from the trunk of a tree and brought from village to village in the upper Valais region (Switzerland) around the end of the 15th Century; its principal aim to mobilise local inhabitants around a common cause. If they rallied to the cause, they would plant a nail in its wood. By using the matza as an object that links both resources and community, Séverin Guelpa replays ancient societal codes in the name of art.

Matza Amboy, Matza Aletsch and Matza Kerkennah are all places bearing extreme conditions that have welcomed artists and interventions as organised by Guelpa, of which are highlighted by Simon Lamunière in the three sections that complete this book.

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Séverin Guelpa
Energy as a vehicle
Text by Simon Lamunière
Trilingual edition (french / german / english) translations by Sascha Gianella/E and Katrin Saadé-Meyenberger/D
Graphic design : Niels Wehrspann
aparté, August 2018
ISBN : 978-2-8399-2408-5
Distributed by Les Presses du Réel
96 pages (ill. col. et b&w) - 20.00 €

Thursday 27th of september 8pm

Présentation à Kunstraum Walcheturm de la monographie Energy as a vehicle, en présence des auteurs Séverin Guelpa et Simon Lamunière, du directeur de l'institution, Patrick Huber, Cathérine Hug, Conservatrice au Kunsthaus de Zurich et Katrin Saadé-Meyenberger, Vice-Présidente aparté.


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Energy as a vehicle, Monography of Séverin Guelpa, text of Simon Lamunière

Disponible aux Presses du Réel (F) et sur demande (CH)