It's been an honour to work with the brilliant Swiss artist-duo on the curation of this exhibition, presenting their ongoing series ‘Mathematical Objects’ (2009 - 2022), in close collaboration with The Eye Sees gallery.
Please enjoy a sneak preview of the artworks that will be exhibited. The accompanying words are extracts from the exhibition essay.
Through the summer heat and winding streets, ’Les Rencontres d'Arles' reveals layers of history at every turn, a maze of exhibitions and happenings transport visitors across time and place… These encounters of past and present, which speak to the festival's very existence in Arles, are inherent to Lena Amuat & Zoë Meyer's practice.
Akin to archaeologists, the artists dive into past eras to unearth objects from rare scientific archives and long-forgotten university collections. Devoid of context, Amuat & Meyer photograph their discoveries with traditional analogue 35mm film. Removing all reference to their origins and function, the objects become a glorious mise-en-scène: seductively lit and shot against vibrant backdrops.
‘On Disappearing’, 2017
C-prints, edition of 5 (+2 APs) | Prices incl. hand-painted frame & museum glass
Lena Amuat & Zoë Meyer's latest book ‘Artefakt und Modelle’ is available with a small unique print (18 x 25cm): CHF 100
Simulation of exhibition installation in Arles
Lena Amuat & Zoë Meyer work between Berlin & Zürich, a collaboration of over 20 years. They have published 6 books. Selected exhibitions include the Helmhaus, Zürich; Photoforum Pasquart, Biel; L‘Ahah, Cité Griset and Rue Moret, Paris and Kunst in der Krypt, Grossmünster Zürich. They will have a solo presentation at Unseen, Amsterdam, with Robert Morat Galerie in September 2022.