Location: Born in Geneva, CH lives and works in London, UK
Website: www.stephaneblumer.com
Bio:

Stéphane Blumer research intends to identify what, in the realm of contemporary arts, reassesses socio-cultural structures. He addresses the conflict between individuality and society. More precisely, he is interested in the gap amidst individual subjectivity beside the limitedness of objectivity. His practice puts at stake personal and cultural conventions by investigating Language and its shortcomings such as self-censorship and Humour. The works he produces are congruencies between what is easily thought and strenuous to express, and what is unthinkable yet effortlessly exposed. Discussing frequently an apparent logic, he creates dialogues and polemics in order to debate on familiar but uncomfortable realities of contemporary societies.

Ranging from audio-visual and performance to installation art, Blumer’s practical research sets out to exploit these spaces of subjectivity displaying potential alternative thoughts. His work is informed by everyday intrusions, encounters with people in the public space and organised workshops taking the shape of auto-ethnographical experiments. Within these different interactive approaches, he observes the breaches drifting from the public to the private space and intends to create gaps that encourage unconformity. The agency of these gaps is challenged to reveal their potential affect on/in the political sphere.

Exhibitions:

SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2014
VITRINE Residency, London, UK
Pro Helvetia Grant for Research, CN
Research Residency at the Institute For Provocation (IFP), Beijing, CN

2012
Fondation Hélène & Victor Barbour, Geneva, CH

2010
Rotary Club Foundation Bursary, Geneva, CH

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Etcetera 等等, Institute For Provocation (IFP), Beijing, CN
2013
Superlatus, Tivoli Kunsthalle, Geneva, CH Epideixis, BYCR gallery, Milano, IT
2012
Sweat Dreams, Le Spot, Geneva, CH Dobra, Flausina, Lisbon, PT
Ellipsis, La Scatola Gallery, London, UK

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
VITRINE Gallery Bermondsey, London, UK
Exorde Seeds, Galerie Nylon, Geneva, CH
2013
Retrospective, Kerzers, CH
Praga Festival, Figueira da Foz, Coimbra, PT
Waterproof, Urgent Paradise, Lausanne, CH
Waterproof, Le 6B galerie, Paris, FR
ArteFiera, with BYCR gallery, Bologna, IT
The London Art Fair, with La Scatola Gallery, London, UK