Fabiana de Barros and Michel Favre have been working together since 1998. Both are graduates of the School of Fine Arts of Geneva, where they live. Fabiana, a Brazilian artist living and working in Geneva, makes her relationship with the public an art. Fabiana de Barros is one of the exponents of participative and contextual art. Without the presence of the public, her artwork would not exist. Michel, a Swiss photographer and filmmaker, has built his career in experimental cinema. Michel Favre is a filmmaker fascinated by the search for the real in the invisible. This artist duo has participated in two editions of the Bienal de São Paulo, in the Bienal de Canárias, and also in the Bienal de Havana, in Cuba. Their work was also featured in the exhibition Woman, Women, curated by Adelina Von Furstenberg.
Above images from exhibtion
Fabiana de Barros & Michel Favre – HOME Luciana Brito Galeria, 2009
Luciana Brito Galeria is opening the exhibition HOME, with a never-before-shown installation by visual artists Fabiana de Barros and Michel Favre. The artists create a space where the invisible and the visible are blended through the view of an infrared camera. A circuit of white electric wires composing a “spider web” extends throughout the exhibit room; as these wires are heated by the current passing through them, they become visible to the infrared camera, and in its view they are overlaid onto the likewise warm bodies of the visitors in a “spider web” image that “engulfs” the human body.
The installation brings together various artworks linked with the question of the visible and the invisible: four simultaneous video projections, including an interactive one, connected through the path of the electrical wires heated by the current passing through them. The artwork aims to intervene in a space that looks inert, but which is nevertheless cut through by lines of force that can be revealed. This certainty points out that no place is neutral, and that the void does not exist: every space is filled by the energy left there from what has already occurred and what is taking place. The result arises as the present is immersed into these invisible and unexpected dimensions.
For Fabiana de Barros and Michel Favre, this exhibition is a synthesis of their previous works contextualized by the “spider web” that functions as a metaphor for the notion of the home. Their work has been developed within a partnership, with Fabiana’s focus on relational and public art on the one hand, and, on the other, Michel’s work in cinema, concerned with the question of the perception of the forces that rule the world – ranging in context from the most intimate and personal to the intensively public.
These two focuses of the artists are found in various contemporary tendencies, especially the question of the human being’s relation with his/her environment, whether in public or private. “Formally, this work dialogues with the theories linked to the relation between a viewer and an artwork, between the visible and the invisible,” Michel Favre affirms.
In the artists’ creations, the spectator already knows what he/she is going to discover; the important thing is the way in which one appropriates facts to create his/her own universe and references. The collaboration between Fabiana and Michel also involves the exchange between cinema and the plastic arts, as well as the current questioning concerning the expositive proposal, the product and the public.
Fabiana de Barros
1957, born São Paulo, SP, Brazil Lives and works [vive e trabalha em] São Paulo, SP, Brazil and Genève, Switzerland
1991 École Supérieure d'Art Visuel (ESAV), Genève, Switzerland Studio of Carmen Perrin, Genève, Switzerland 1983 BFA, Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2007 Fiteiro Cultural, Second Life 2006 Collection de Photographie M.+M. Auer, itinerant exhibition, France Fiteiro Cultural Aberto, SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, SP and Pontifícia Universidade Católica, São Paulo, SP, Brazil Kiosque à Culture, Lieu d’Art et Action Contemporaine, Dunkerque, France 2005 Kiosque à Culture, Visions du Réel, Festival International de Cinema, Nyon, Switzerland 2004 Résistances, Espace Topographie de l’Art, Paris, France Collection de Photographie M.+M. Auer, Musée d’Art et Histoire, Genève, Switzerland 2003 Resistêcias, Galeria Mercedes Viegas de Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil 2002 Les Nouvelles, Dot Galerie, Genève, Switzerland D’après, Dot Galerie, Genève, Switzerland Novidades Revistas, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, SP, Brazil Resistências, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, SP, Brazil Peripteron de Cultur, Menidi, Athína, Greece 1998 Fiteiro Cultural: Laboratoire, João Pessoa, PA, Brazil 1991 Pinturas, Galleria Mercato del Sale, Milano, Italy Life Vests, Galeria da Universidade de Campinas, SP, Brazil 1989 For Your Safety, Galerie Andato-Ritorno, Genève, Switzerland 7/R3, Galerie Andao-Ritorno, Genève, Switzerland 1987 Tours du Monde, Galerie Care Off, Genève, Switzerland and Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, SP, Brazil For Your Safety, Friedman & Guinness Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany 1986 Pintura em Vídeo, Galeria Monica Filgueiras de Almeida, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Selected Public Collections
AWK Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisboa, Portugal Collection M.+M. Auer, Genève, Switzerland Fond d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève, Genève, Switzerland Fonds d’Art Contemporain de l'Etat de Genève, Genève, Switzerland Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil Musées Cantonaux du Valais, Sion, Switzerland Museu de Arte Brasileira, São Paulo, SP, Brazil Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Curitiba, PR, Brazil Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo, SP, Brazil Pepe Cobo, València, Spain Union Bank of Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland
Michel Favre 1957, born Switzerland Lives and works [vive e trabalha em] Genève, Switzerland
2008 Mapping08, Genève, Switzerland Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland Border Control, Assab One Gallery, Milano, Italy 2007 Fiteiro Doc Live, Terrasse du Troc, Genève, Switzerland Mapping07, Genève, Switzerland Semaine du Cerveau, Hôpital Cantonal de Genève, Genève, Switzerland 2006 Aberto (OPEN) Ouvert, MAMCO, Genève, Switzerland 2004 Résistances, Espace Topographie de l’Art, Paris, France 2003 Resistências, Galeria Mercedes Viegas de Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2002 Novidades Revistas e Resistências, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil 2000 Sobras em obras, Galerie Focale, Nyon, Switzerland
Selected Public Collections
Union Bank of Switzerland Collection M.+M. Auer, Genève, Switzerland Pepe Cobo, Valência, Spain AWK Engineering, Zurique, Switzerland
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