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Gérard Pétremand

Gérard Pétremand - photographer

Gérard Pétremand is a Swiss photographer, living and working in Geneva. He continues to reinvent his artistic habits, intentions, techniques and production, and, today enjoys an international reputation.

A personal quest

Pétremand took his first steps in photography with the magazine Réalités, a current affairs magazine considered to be one of the most innovative publications between the years 1950 and 1970. There, he assisted the photographers Edouard Boubat and Jean-Philippe Charbonnier. He then created a photography studio in Switzerland and multiplied his collaborations with big advertising agencies. At the same time, the artist nurtured a personal quest, inspired by contemporary art and, through his work, questioned our perspective of the world. Above all else, he considers photography a reflection of reality and a medium through which he can speak about his time.

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A reflection of our societies

By holding onto the importance of standing out in reporting, Pétremand observes the world with perspicacity to produce work that questions our everyday life in an unique manner. In 1977, the series Identités reflected all adults in certain Swiss cantons receiving an ID number. In order to highlight the degrading nature of this computerised system, the photographer captures his subjects in their environment and makes their faces deliberately disappear by playing with lighting to reveal their character. Through his series Identités, Cheval Blanc, Venise autrement and Topiques, Pétremand tackles varied themes by using a medium that is constantly evolving for his commentaries.

From Switzerland to international recognition

The richness of Pétremand’s work has led to exhibitions in numerous countries, in Switzerland, of course, but also in Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Argentina and Finland. He has also received a number of prizes such as le Prix Kodak and first prize for Jeune Photographie Voies Off in Arles.

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Identités

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Cheval Blanc

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Topiques

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Venise autrement

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Saint Marc Décor froissé

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Credentials

Group exhibitions

  • 2014
    Création d’un drapeau pour la commémoration de l’entrée de Genève dans la conféderation Suisse / Pont du Mont-blanc – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2006
    Open House / Musée Rath – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2004
    Foire d’Art Contemporain / Galerie Donzévansaanen – Turin, Italy
  • 2002
    Exposition collective / Musée de l'Elysée – Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2002
    Exposition collective / Museum für neue kunst zkm – Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2002
    Exposition collective / Städtische Galerie – Erlangen, Germany
  • 2000
    Exposition collective / EXPO The Selection vfg – Zürich - Bâle - Vevey - St Gall – Lugano, Switzerland
  • 1999
    Exposition collective / Triennale internationale de la photographie – Tampere, Finland
  • 1999
    Exposition collective / Gallerie MAK – Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • 1999
    Exposition collective / Gallerie Gabrijel – Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • 1997
    Fotomuseum / Welten-blicke – Winterthur, Switzerland
  • 1994
    Exposition collective / Musée d'art et d'histoire – Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 1991
    Exposition collective / Vach'Image St-Gervais – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1990
    Exposition collective / Centre de la Photographie – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1990
    Exposition collective / Centre de la photographie – Genève, Switzerland

Solo exhibitions

  • 2017
    St-Marc / Fondation Auer – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2016
    Voir Venise... / Fondation Auer – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2013
    Individuel Exhibition / Galerie Alexandre Mottier – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2013
    Exposition individuelle / Galerie Kobler – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2012
    Retrospective / Musée Tavel – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2011
    Retrospective / Musée Tavel – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2011
    Idées en chantier / Kunsthalle Palazzo – Liesthal, Switzerland
  • 2009
    Jeux / Parcours Saint-Germain – Paris, France
  • 2009
    Dé-paysage / Espace SIG – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2009
    Dé-paysage / La Galerie – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2008
    Images / Galerie Quail – Vevey, Switzerland
  • 2006
    M+M & friends / Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz – Nogent-sur-Marne, France
  • 2005
    Exposition individuelle / Gallerie Krisal – Carouge, Switzerland
  • 2005
    Exposition individuelle / Gallerie Cons Arc – Chiasso, Switzerland
  • 2005
    Exposition individuelle / Voie Off – Arles, France
  • 2004
    Exposition individuelle / Galerie Donzévansaanen – Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2004
    Interference / Contemporary Swiss Photography – Kopenhaguen, Denmark
  • 2004
    Interference / Contemporary Swiss Kopenhaguen – Arhus, Denmark
  • 2004
    Paris Photo Carousel du Louvres / Galerie Krisal – Paris, France
  • 2003
    Exposition individuelle / Galerie Baryte – Vevey, Switzerland
  • 2003
    Exposition individuelle / Musée PASQUART – Bienne, Switzerland
  • 2002
    Exposition individuelle / Galerie du Théâtre St Martin – Buenos-Aires, Argentina
  • 2002
    Exposition individuelle / Centre des Loisirs – Thônex, Switzerland
  • 2001
    Exposition individuelle / Rencontres Photographique – Arles, France
  • 2001
    Exposition individuelle / Centre de la Photographie "Urbanogène" – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2001
    Exposition individuelle / Librairie Archigraphy – Genève, Switzerland
  • 2000
    Exposition individuelle / Exposition Prix européen – Vevey, Switzerland
  • 1999
    Exposition individuelle / BEC "Fondation Sandoz" Le Belvédère – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1999
    Journées photographiques de Bienne / Gallerie Gewölbe – Gewölbe, Switzerland
  • 1998
    Exposition individuelle / Brot & Käse – Soral, Switzerland
  • 1997
    Exposition individuelle / Château de Nyon – Nyon, Switzerland
  • 1996
    Exposition individuelle / Centre de la Photographie – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1996
    Exposition individuelle / Exposition de la photographie Suisse – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1994
    Exposition individuelle / Galleria Gottardo – Lugano, Switzerland
  • 1994
    Exposition individuelle / Grand Passage – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1994
    Exposition individuelle / Centre de la photographie – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1994
    Exposition individuelle / Galleria Gottardo – Lugano, Switzerland
  • 1994
    Exposition individuelle / Grand Passage – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1994
    Exposition individuelle / Centre de la photographie – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1993
    Exposition individuelle / Saint-Gervais – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1992
    Exposition individuelle / Centre pour l’image contemporaine – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1991
    Exposition individuelle / Galleria Cons Arc – Chiasso, Switzerland
  • 1991
    Exposition individuelle / Centre de la Photographie – Genève, Switzerland
  • 1989
    Exposition individuelle / Contretype – Bruxelles, Belgium

Publications

  • 2011
    Hebdo – -
  • 2008
    Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin – Die Bombe tickt
  • 2008
    Le Temps – -
  • 2005
    Süddeutche Zeitung Magazin – -
  • 2005
    Das Magazin – Genève
  • 2004
    Das Magazin – Souvenir d’Ermensee
  • 2004
    Hebdo – Paysage en poésie Rencontre du paysage
  • 2004
    SontagsZeitung – Die Zugnummer
  • 2004
    Le Courrier – -
  • 2001
    La GRANGE – -
  • 2001
    Hebdo – Portrait
  • 2000
    Das Magazin – Silicon Valley
  • 2000
    Das Magazin – Wallfahrts-garage