"Lonely Planets" in Vevey and Zurich
From April 11th to 19th, as part of an artistic exchange, FOCUS association based in Vevey presents the collective exhibition "Lonely Planets" between Swiss and Iranian artists. Graphic design, photography, video and cinema, this innovative pluridisciplinary project questions the importance of artistic exchanges and encourages ideas sharing and intercultural dialogue.
Artworks address common themes to all societies, Iranian or Swiss such as public space, ways of eating, wedding, colors representations, aftermath of turism. But the project also focuses on issues of artistic exchanges and their discursives practices, often complices with economical interests of globalization. Since its creation in 2009, FOCUS association questions this cultural value which is anchored since childhood by educating with histories of adventure or pirates. According to the French historian Sylvain Venayre, this notions translates into international capitalist entrepreneurship when becoming adult and desire of leaving abroad in order to discover mysterious lands. At a time when Western society expresses its dissatisfaction with a global system that has reached all its limits, we ask the following question: should we not reconsider the image of explorer adventurer linked to cultural actors, artists, writers or anthropologists going abroad?