GPF Exhibition: Elisa Larvego
Elisa Larvego: Chicanes
Between 2013 and 2016, Larvego followed the protests against the project to set up an airport in Notre-Dame-des- Landes, near Nantes, France. In this Zone à Défendre (ZAD), (zone to be defended), environmental activists and local farmers worked together to build chicane-like roadblocks from recycled materials including tree branches, pallets, tyres, caddies, furniture and wrecked cars to slow the process of the project. Interested in barricades as much for their aesthetic and sculptural form as for their political symbolism, Larvego captured these fragile structures of resistance. With these images empty of human presence, Chicanes is a sobering look at the practice of resistance.
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 25 September 12pm to 1pm at George Crossan Gallery
Elisa Larvego is a Franco-Swiss visual artist, based in Geneva. She studied at the photographic school of Vevey and Geneva University of Art and Design. Taking an anthropological approach, her main interest is to observe the relation between people and their territories through images and sounds. In 2013, she published her first monograph In every place with the Ahead edition (CH). Larvego has received several prizes and grants, including the Kiefer Hablitzel prize, the Nationale Suisse prize and the Leenaards grant. Her work has been shown at the Art Center KINDL (DE), at the Rencontres d’Arles (FR), at the Aperture Foundation (US), at the Graves Galerie (UK), at the Centre photographique d’Ile de France (FR), at the Galerie Air de Paris (FR), at the Elysée Museum (CH), at the Centro de la Imagen (MX) and at the Festival PhotoEspaña (ES), amongst others.
To learn more about Elisa Larvego and her work visit: www.vego.ch/projects-et-textes/works/article/chicanes