Invitation cards of Forde, an independent art space in Geneva. The cards are from the very first years, as far as I know they were designed by Geneva artist Alexandre Bianchini. Forde was founded in 1995 by the artists Alexandre Bianchini, Fabrice Gygi and Nicolas Rieben. Every three years, a new curatorial team takes over the space at Usine, here is the full list.
Oliver Mosset / Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Back in the days, the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine (what a great name for an institution!) was located in this villa in Geneva. It was romantic, strange, and run by curator Véronique Bacchetta who organized many great shows. She also published memorable editions by artists such as Trisha Donnelly, Heimo Zobernig, Monica Bonvincini, Mai-Thu Perret, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, John Armleder… The Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine is now called Centre d’édition contemporaine and moved into a more anonymous space in the city of Geneva. The program is still great.
This card announce a show by Swiss artist Oliver Mosset, here you can see his edition produced by the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine. A picture of the show.
Anonymous user comment: “I was drawn to this image as I wondered in which city the photo was taken – the desolate streetscape could be in numerous cities around the world. On turning the invitation card over I discovered it is an image of Brooklyn, New York – taken in 1994 by Steven Parrino. I find it interesting that Oliver Mosset chose an image from another fellow artist for an invitation to his own exhibition. I didn’t really know either of them but on further investigation found out they were both mainly known for their monochrome paintings, which only makes the choice of this image more interesting.”