Michael Snow (1929, Toronto) is the epitome of an artist at the intersection of many disciplines. He works simultaneously with various media and techniques: painting, photography, sculpture, cinema, and music. Some fifty of his works in three rooms on the first floor of the museum bore witness to his far-ranging interests. His pieces made with different media are tightly interwoven, making it impossible to talk about one of them without including the others. For example, the booklet from his record The Last LP (1986), blends ethno-musicological analysis with fiction, which, when combined with music, produces a complete work. Snow’s films are equally remarkable for the inventiveness of his combinations of sound and image. The rhythm of the sounds gives a beat to the images. Additionally, the artist has ceaselessly questioned the mechanisms of photographic representation and its effects on perception, focusing on the metamorphoses that the subject must undergo to become an image.
Exhibition curated by André Iten and organized in collaboration with the Centre pour l’Image Contemporain of Saint- Gervais, Geneva