The Michèle Didier gallery is pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition Eight O’Clock in the Morning at the gallery on Saturday, February 6, 2021. The gallery is happy to welcome you all day long from 11am to 6pm, respecting sanitary measures.
Eight O’Clock in the Morning brings together five artists or duos of artists of different nationalities and generations that we will present you over the following weeks. Their practices, which combine sculpture, photography and graphic design, are directly linked to a conceptual and radical filiation which has defined the orientation of the gallery and the publishing house since their opening.
Brognon Rollin, recently presented at the MACVAL, is an artist duo composed of David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin. Born in Belgium (1978) and Luxembourg (1980), they, they live between Luxembourg and Paris. Their work proposes a dialectic of confinement and emancipation, dealing with so-called “sensitive” subjects, such as addiction or detention, referring the individual to her/his own condition and different social and political contexts. Their works take the form of sculptures and installations, but also of performances or two-dimensional works, always setting a narrative content or putting in place a certain form of narration or in-situ creation.
Ferenc Gróf was born in 1972 in Pécs, Hungary, and lives and works in Paris. His work questions ideological and historical imprints, through works at the intersection of design, graphic design and typography. He deals with different fields of research related to biology or geography as well as to economy, politics or architecture. A founding member since 2004 with Jean-Baptiste Naudy of Société Réaliste, his recent research focuses on the Anxiocene, the work of typographer Geoffroy Tory, and the François Joseph archipelago in Russia.
Alex Hanimann was born in 1955 in Switzerland. He lives and works in St. Gallen and Zurich. His work integrates both image and language through drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures. His work sets up a serial process of reproduction and repetition, integrating different formal or syntactic variations, which question a gap between reality, a fact or a statement and its representation.
Basim Magdy was born in 1977 in Assiut, Egypt. He lives and works in Basel, Switzerland. A painter by training, he has nevertheless produced a number of videos, installations and photographic works, revolving around observation and an attempt to interpret and read the different elements observed, playing as much on a scientific as on a personal level and assuming as much a political as a metaphysical dimension.
None Fútbol Club is a duo of artists created in 2009 in Paris. Borrowing from a certain form of popular culture and humour, their work is characterised by a continuous observation and attention to the city, producing a series of works organised in series and directly echoing urban issues: the relationship to law and order and to public space, or to vandalism, but also a number of proposals echoing popular subjects such as Star Wars, bodybuilding and cosmetic surgery.
«At the end of the show the hypnotist told his subjects, “Awake.” Something unusual happened.» Ray Nelson, Eight O’Clock in the Morning, 1963