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Prestigious award for the Geneva artist Mai-Thu Perret

17.09.2010 – 10:53


Lausanne (ots)

The Geneva artist Mai-Thu Perret is the winner of the first video art competition organized by the Institut de Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique (IDHEAP) in Lausanne. The jury's Grand Prix (worth CHF 10,000) was awarded yesterday evening in the new IDHEAP building in Dorigny in the presence of Federal Councilor Didier Burkhalter and 400 guests.

The artist Mai-Thu Perret of French-Vietnamese origin works in Geneva and New York. She has exhibited in San Francisco, New York, London, Berlin, Vienna, Glasgow and Paris.

By choosing the video film “In Darkness Let Me Dwell” by the young Geneva artist proposed by Swiss artist Fabrice Gygi, the jury honored quality and innovation. The work captivates primarily through its originality. Very simple at first glance, the narrative complexity of the film arouses the viewer's interest through its open questions. The film is a seemingly surreal dream and follows in the footsteps of a female character played by the English pop singer Tamara Barnett Herrin. The work has a symbolic dimension, with unmistakable references to Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí as well as to the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

The jury, including Jean-Loup Chappelet, director of IDHEAP, and the architect Laurent Geninasca, was chaired by Simon Lamunière, curator of Art Unlimited at Art Basel. At the suggestion of a mentor, five artists were invited to submit a new video production and received a creative grant of CHF 10,000 each. Anina Schenker was proposed by Pipilotti Rist, Emanuel Rossetti by Sylvie Fleury, Romain Kronenberg by Emmanuelle Antille, Mauren Brodbeck & Olivier Rubli by Hervé Graumann, Bettina Disler by Yves Netzhammer and Latifa Echakhch by Ugo Rondinone.

The seven artists had three pairs of themes to choose from: responsibility and power, Switzerland and the world, and education and research. The jurors had the task of awarding a Grand Prix in the amount of 10,000 francs. According to the jury, “the projects submitted were very representative of the various trends in the current video scene”. What she particularly liked about the films was their originality and aesthetics. The award-winning film was chosen for its own sake, regardless of the context of the broadcast and its relationship to the building.

With the launch of this original initiative, IDHEAP wanted to promote talented young artists who have strong cultural ties to Switzerland. The seven works will be shown on the screens integrated into the walls of the new IDHEAP building: for a whole year they will enliven the building and serve as a guide for the users of the building for the different zones.

IDHEAP focuses on basic and advanced training for senior civil servants at the Swiss level. It is also a modern center for interdisciplinary, basic and applied research in the public sector as well as an independent observer of this area. This commitment to research and observation underlies the Institute's investment in culture and art.

ots Original text: IDHEAP

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