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Geoffrey Cottenceau and Romain Rousset at TH13

Michel Bleu Ciel

Young Swiss photographers Geoffrey Cottenceau and Romain Rousset share a love of off-beat, alternative approaches, makeshift objects and comedy. At the invitation of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, they are delighting visitors to Galerie TH13 in Berne, in the final quarter of 2010.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Geoffrey Cottenceau and Romain Rousset at TH13
© Geoffrey Cottenceau et Romain Rousset

Geoffrey Cottenceau and Romain Rousset are grad uates of ECAL (the École cantonale d'art de Lausanne). Using everyday contemporary objects to create new, off-beat photographic images, their work seeks to challenge and surprise the viewer with its often mocking vision of everyday life transfigured.

An assortment of objects (mattresses, quilts, chairs, trestle tables) are metamorphosed into figures of animals, surrealist riders or landscapes. Geoffrey Cottenceau and Romain Rousset create witty, reconstructed images. Their powerfully evocative, highly ironic photographs are based on installations of found objects and bric-a-brac. Viewers are invited to look beyond each picture's superficial appearance, to deconstruct its deceptively representational aspect and reconsider our ways of describing the world around us. The resulting works seek not only to entertain, but to express their creators' vision of a re-enchanted world.

At TH13 in Berne, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès has given Cottenceau and Rousset carte blanche for an exhibition of off-beat, original works created specially for the space.

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