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Fabiana de Barros & Michel Favre

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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.



BIOGRAPHIES

Fabiana de Barros


1957, born São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Lives and works [vive e trabalha em] São Paulo, SP, Brazil and Genève, Switzerland

Education

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

Education

2007
École Supérieure d'Art Visuel (ESAV), Genève, Switzerland

Selected Solo Exhibitions

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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