Making Light of Every Thing

2024 | Centre de la photographie Genève
Curated with Claus Gunti

With Akosua Viktoria Adu-Sanyah, Jessica Backhaus, Emma Bedos, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, Sara De Brito Faustino, Charlie Engman, Alina Frieske, Peter Hauser, Moritz Jekat, Leigh Merrill, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Martin Widmer.

Intimacy is a concept that is often difficult to define, intangible and elusive. It can be found in a childhood memory, in the interior of one’s home or neighbourhood, in the gestures exchanged with loved ones, but also in the familiarity with an image, or in the attachment to an object, a material or a texture. Without directly showing situations that are immediately identifiable as intimate, how can photography express a relationship with this feeling, its fleeting and impalpable nature? How can it portray the relationship with memory, which is inevitably fallible, the often complex and changing links with loved ones, or the relationship with a home whose familiarity can turn strange at any moment?

While fabricated or manipulated images are often associated with the misappropriation of public opinion or the representation of fictional universes, they are here explored for their potential to reveal our subjectivity and our relationship with reality. How can we recount our memories, express our connection to loved ones, or make our sensibilities tangible? Through elaborate processes of image manipulation, the artists in this exhibition make visible, capture or fix a form of intimacy, from the most personal expression of an emotion to the automated interpretation of human relationships by a machine. Whether made with coloured paper, generated by artificial intelligence, created entirely in the photographic laboratory or the result of meticulous photomontage, the images brought together for this exhibition reflect their au- thor’s tenacious experimentation, conveying emotions that are sometimes frivolous, sometimes profound. Their explicitly fabricated nature–without any hierarchy being drawn here between cut-out paper and the most sophisticated image-generating tools – highlights the sometimes strange dimension of what is most familiar to us. Through their exploratory processes and complex architecture, the artists reveal the complex mechanisms by which we apprehend the world, bearing subtle and delicate witness to the manifestation of our individual subjectivities.

Exhibition views by Annik Wetter