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Nancy Dantas :

Adrien Missika

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Installation view at Swiss Art Awards (2011) Video

Photography, video, sculpture and installation are the mediums of choice of French-born artist Adrien Missika. Often seen as documental in nature, photography and video are perceived as being connected to the existence of objects in the world, given their referential and indexical nature, the photograph ultimately being perceived as a direct emanation of the real. Adrien Missika's image-centred work approaches how viewers perceive images and what they expect of them, playing on spaces between and on the borders of imagination and reality, the plausible and the implausible.
Not only an image maker, Adrien Missika is keen traveller, unable to live under house arrest. He appropriates travel in its myriad of historical and cultural forms - the Grand Tour, the pilgrimage, the walking vacation, travel as escape - gathering footage and visual material for his personal storehouse of "archetypes”: sunsets, grottos, mountain peaks, rock formations, waves, palm trees, architectures and mountain ranges. These images do not purport to recount journeys but are the make-up of a melancholic récit that bears multiple readings. According to Gaston Bachelard, "you dream the world before you know it”. Profoundly aware and weary of our depiction of the picturesque and our tendency towards confusing the map with the territory, Adrien Missika's work is intent on reflecting on our experience of the world through images. Nancy Dantas

1981 Né à Paris
Vit et travaille à Berlin

Biographie artistique
2003-2007 Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL)

Expositions individuelles
2009 Space, Rencontres internationales de photographie, Arles
2009 Exstatic, Coalmine, Volkart Haus, Winterthur
2009 Present Future, Artissima 16, Turin
2010 Veduta, la Rada, Locarno
2010 Adrien Missika, Galerie Blancpain Art Contemporain, Genève
2011 Geological Norms (sometimes repeated), Marz Galeria, Lisbonne
2011 Tropical Prospects, Spazio A Gallery, Pistoia

Expositions collectives
2009 Swiss Art Awards, Centre de Foires de Bâle [cat.]
2010 Swiss Art Awards, Centre de Foires de Bâle
2011 L'écal à Paris, Cité internationale des Arts, Paris
2011 Le Fédéral à semen-contra, Rotwand Gallery, Zurich
2011 The Mirage of History, LiveInYourHead, Genève
2011 Magical & Poetical Structures, Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil
2011 Le silence. Une fiction, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco

2009 Prix fédéral d'art, Office fédéral de la culture, Berne
2010 Atelier pour l'artiste dans l'atelier vaudois du 700e, Cité internationale des Arts, Paris, canton de Vaud
2011 Atelier pour l'artiste à Berlin, Fonds cantonal d'art contemporain (FCAC), Genève
2011 Collection Cahiers d'artistes, Pro Helvetia


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Ausgabe 14  2011
Autor/in Nancy Dantas
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