Alejandro Guijarro – bridging the worlds of science and arts

For those who have not yet seen the latest exhibition of Quai1 in Vevey, do not miss out on this one: “Momentum” is being shown until 19th October.

The series “Momentum” is the result of a project conducted over three years, during which Spanish photographer Alejandro Guijarro visited the world’s leading institutions in the field of quantum mechanics: Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, Berkeley and Stanford in the U.S. or the CERN in Switzerland.

Using large format photography, he captures the offices and classrooms blackboards and presents them live size. Once taken out of their context, these boards become abstract paintings: formulas and equations mutate into forms, lines and colors. Traces of sponges which have sometimes erased some of the content become imaginary landscapes for the viewer’s eye. These colorful designs remind the use of writing in the works of painters such as Basquiat and Cy Twombly.

Far from wanting to present an objective reality, Momentum is an attempt to bridge the worlds of science and arts. This series focuses on the gap between intentions and outcomes related to meanings and contexts. Removing these boards from their original environment, Alejandro Guijarro blurs the line between reality and its indexical representation. In doing so, it questions the status of the photographic image and allows us to access the pictorial and aesthetic dimensions of these objects.

For more information, please visit Quai1.

About Alejandro Guijarro:

Spanish photographer Alejandro Guijarro lives and works in London. After studying at the Royal College of Art, he participated in numerous international exhibitions in New York, London, Madrid and Milan. His work is in private collections such as the Frank-Suss Collection and the Saatchi Gallery. His work explores the possibilities of photography and questioned its ability to relate to reality and to represent the truth.

Quai1 dedicates itself to contemporary photography by presenting five exhibitions per year of photographers who participated to the Vevey International Photography Award.

« MOMENTUM » by Alejandro Guijarro

Exhibition from September 4th to October 19th 2013
Wednesday to Friday from 4pm to 7pm
Saturday from 11am to 3pm
And upon request


The Vevey international photography Award 2013/2014 goes to Augustin Rebetez

Having lived in Switzerland for many years, I am pleased to hear that the young Swiss photographer Augustin Rebetez is the winner of the Vevey International Photography Award 2013/14.

After two days of deliberation around 750 applications from 63 countries, a jury of international professionals composed of  Florian Ebner, curator at Folkwang Museum in Essen (Germany), Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh & Rozenn Quéré, winners of the Vevey international photography award 2011/2012, Erik Kessels, curator and editor at KesselsKramer in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Kathy Ryan, photo editor at New York Times Magazine (USA) and presided by French photographer Bettina Rheims decided to award the young Swiss photographer Augustin Rebetez.

The jury states:
“The jury was unanimous in its decision for the Vevey international photography award 2013/2014. The winner Augustin Rebetez breathes energy in his works. He has developed a very ownable style over a very short period of time, even though this is not easy to put in a box. With a combination of free and staged photography using his immediate surroundings, he constantly surprises with his work. Augustin is not afraid to cross over with sculpture, film, photography and even drawings. He is one of the rare new and raw talents that the world of photography is waiting for. The fact that he studied in Vevey and lives in the region came as a pleasant surprise for the international jury. The proposed project will be a very welcome catalyst to further develop his creative madness.”

The project submitted to the Vevey international photography Award is more than strictly photographic: Augustin Rebetez plans an exhibition based on collaborations with artists and professionals from multiple fields, featuring photography and video, construction, projections and music. Starting from photographic portraits of people from the circassian community – acrobats, clowns, contortionist – he plans on recreating a magic and surprising universe.

About the project:

The Vevey international photography Award consists in providing crucial assistance for projects that have not been realised, in the form of a grant up to CHF 40,000 (around € 33,000), in order to bring a photography initiative to completion.