Gregor Sailer’s The Potemkin Village series makes very sophisticated play on a kind of double deception. The “Potemkin villages” the artist identified over the course of two years all across the northern hemisphere, whether in France, Germany, England, Russia, China or the United States, are very often photographed in elevation, one of the characteristics of the documentary style as so well defined by Olivier Lugon in his book Le style documentaire. That style – a description of the tangible world – can for example reveal the social structures that govern us through the architecture; but it is above all motivated by the ambition to articulate certain truths about the relationships of strength in our societies. But the thing is that almost all the façades shown in this exhibition are false. They make us think of uses the purposes of which the buildings totally fail to fulfil.
Schedule Tuesday - Sunday : 11 am - 6 pm
Price 3 - 5 CHF