Derniers paysages - Sébastien Mettraux
Vernissage : 13.03.2022 ≤ 19:00
Mer - Dim : 14:00 – 19:00
“In late 2001, certain newspapers presented the theory that Switzerland was the ideal place for terrorist bacteriological attacks, due to its geographical location, and that an event of this type was highly probable. Following on from this, various end-of-the-world scenarios were presented to us on several occasions (H5N1 in 2005 and the CERN particle accelerator in 2008 being just two examples).
While studying at the ECAL in 2004 I was fascinated as I observed the climate of fear in which we live along with the absurd security reflexes it produced, and I began a series of paintings combining classic techniques (oil on canvas) and computer-generated images representing "last-landscape-in-case-of-catastrophe" type of places, giving literal expression to the worst scenarios presented by the newspapers since I first began to observe them. Fallout shelters, cellars, warehouses and other enclosed places equipped with the bare minimum for survival (washbasins, dormitories, stored barrels and boxes likely to contain food or other materials necessary for survival) are common subjects in my work."
Curator: Christian Mosar
Artist: Sébastien Mettraux