The exhibition by Fabrice Gygi (1965, Geneva) was conceived as one large installation, containing some older works along with first-time displays. The pieces unfolded over the entire first floor of the museum, the partitions of which had been removed. The old “machine hall” thus recovered its former use as an industrial space. Gygi’s work mainly extends into three-dimensional space, although he does create performances and has explored engraving techniques for many years. His work is characterized by a search for formal design. His sculptural vocabulary employs the simple volumes that comprise the backdrop to our modern public spaces. The structures, such as cylinders, tarpaulins, cables, trailers, represent as many signs—some obvious, some less so—of how the ordinary is organized. They are elementary shapes which the artist has altered (enlarging, melding, and repurposing them) to reveal their latent violence, and to unmask the unsettling similarity between the tools of repression and the tools of resistance, those of coercion and of protection, or between tools used to set up a show and those used to take it down.
- The exhibition was supported by the Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art