The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève presents Lemaniana: Reflections on Other Scenes – a collective exhibition celebrating the diversity of the contemporary artistic production in the Léman region.
Resulting from a call for projects made in autumn 2020, Lemaniana proposes to look at the art produced today in the local area from a new perspective. This project aims to free itself of the artist-invitation protocol, inevitably influenced by codes and value judgements stemming from a single curatorial vision.
The call for projects was therefore based on an open conception of the territory, with the aim of bringing together artists of different background who are either temporarily or permanently linked to the cross-border region of the Lake Léman basin, irrespective of training or education.
The exhibition thus allows us to navigate through the universe of numerous artists and multiple practices, bringing to light new connections and opening our gaze to fresh interpretations of the world – a world deeply shaken by recent events. Current news – whether we are talking about racism, divergent political powers, gender identity or the pandemic and its confinements – all infuse the exhibition in different ways and give the project a truly contemporary nature, in which everyone will be reflected.
As a whole, what emerges is a new and dynamic art scene, one particularly attuned to the contemporary world. Both intergenerational and international, Lemaniana is at the intersection of creation and ideas in complete harmony with the most important issues of our time. Works by emerging artists dialogue with those by their established colleagues, or with the work of unknown individuals who have nevertheless dedicated their lives to their practice. Far from simply reflecting current socio-political and cultural developments, the artists presented here assume and embody change. Their practice, often at the juncture of art and politics, forges the sensibilities of tomorrow.
Lemaniana is a project ideated by Andrea Bellini, with the collaboration of Mohamed Almusibli, Jill Gasparina and Stéphanie Moisdon. After examining 829 portfolios, they narrowed the field to 58 artist, duos and collectives, aged between 22 and 87 years old, from 24 nations. The exhibition fills all the spaces in the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. It includes the projection of audiovisual works in the Cinema Dynamo, and a programme of performances organized in collaboration with the Arsenic and its director Patrick de Rham, with the aim to be presented in Lausanne between October 13 and 17, 2021.
This ambitious project will be accompanied by a richly illustrated exhibition catalogue that will include essays by each of the members of the curatorial committee, as well as a reflection on independent spaces by Roxane Bovet.
With the works of Sonja Aboussouan, Mathilde Agius, Tamara Alegre, Jérôme Baccaglio, Lucas Ballester & Oélia Gouret, James Bantone, Jacopo Belloni, Mabe Bethônico, Yann Stéphane Biscaut, Aurélie Blanchette Dubois, Vivia Braitano, Francesco Cagnin & Lorenza Longhi, Loucia Carlier, Stefania Carlotti, Salomé Chatriot, Adrien Chevalley, Alfredo Coloma, Jeremy Dafflon, Francesco De Bernardi, Caterina De Nicola, Azize Ferizi, Félix Gagliardi, Louisa Gagliardi, Annabelle Galland, Gabriele Garavaglia & Miriam Laura Leonardi, Virginia Garra, Elisa Gleize, Deborah Joyce Holman, Lauren Huret, Inner Light, Luc Joly, Kayije Kagame, Monika Emmanuelle Kazi, Shiva Khosravi, Quentin Lannes, Shuang Li, Hunter Longe, Soraya Lutangu & Ali-Eddine Abdelkhalek, Evariste Maïga, Lucia Martinez Garcia, Lou Masduraud, Lamya Moussa, Johanna Odersky, Valentina Parati, Leonardo Pellicanò, Jessy Razafimandimby, Real Madrid, Anouk Reichenbach, Delphine Reist, Diane Rivoire, Christian Schulz, Rose Siebke Winckler, Terat Thanaworrawatniti, Ambroise Tièche, Remy Ugarte Vallejos, Marco Walpen, Sarah Watson and Mayara Yamada.
Cover image : James Bantone, Smell My feelings, 2020 (detail). Digital Print. Dimensions variables.