curated by Martin Jaeggi and Denis Pernet
In recent years, extraordinarily lively young art scenes have developed in Geneva and Lausanne. Le Fédéral à semen-contra gives fragmentary insight into these scenes. Whether they work figuratively or abstractly, all eleven artists presented here make reference to the visual languages of pop culture in their works-comics, science fiction, graffiti, skater punk, psychedelia. The artists roots in an "off" culture in which art and popular culture cross-fertilize are tangible. At the same time, the works exhibit a drive for formal precision that refers to the tradition of postmodern abstraction in Western Switzerland, to the generations that preceded these local art scenes. This fresh and unpretentious approach relates to a preference for the medium of drawing, for the small objects that hold an important position in the exhibition. Sculptures, paintings, photographs, and digitally produced images appear as well, accompanied by a video program.