Aurélien Gamboni develops an artistic practice of investigation, often involving field research and collaborations, and leading to multiple forms of installations, texts and lecture-performances.
His practice relies on particular mediator objects – images or narratives – that can operate as conceptual tools to be appropriated by the different people encountered in the course of his researches, and that allow to gather new collectives around shared concerns. After having developed a long-term inquiry on The Conjurer by Hieronymus Bosch (or disciple) and the “ecology of attention”, he is currently leading with Sandrine Teixido an investigation on Edgar Allan Poe’s “maelström” and the cosmopolitics of nature, travelling from the South of Brazil to the North of Norway, and more recently to the Great Lakes region (USA-Canada). This research led to the realizations of various exhibitions and performances in institutions (museum, art center, biennial and festival) in Europe, Brazil and the United States.
Aurélien Gamboni is a former co-curator of Forde independent art space (2006-2008), and also took part in the artists and researchers collective Save as draft (2010-2012) working on the representations of climate change. He currently contributes to the SNF research project The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (TAAG) led by Prof.Gene Ray at Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD).
He took part in numerous exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad, including: If It’s A Bird, Shoot It!, SculptureCenter, Long Island city, NY, 2008; Fragile monumente, Susie Q Projects, Zurich, 2009; The Big Picture, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, 2009; Weather Permitting, 9th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, 2013; Voglio Vedere le Mie Montagne, Museo MAGA, Gallarate, 2015; Guanabara Bay: Hidden Waters and Life, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Niterói, 2016; A tale as a tool, Centre de la Photographie Genève, 2017; Eblouissements, 5th Biennial of Lubumbashi (DRC), 2017.
Water policy and poetics
A conversation with Aurélien Gamboni, Jean-Pierre Greff and Daniel de Roulet
Source of life or the « armed wing » of migration policies; object of contemplation for painters and object of fears for islanders; static or furious element, deceptive metaphor for commercial exchanges…