Switzerland

Abandoning the World at Large: Valentin Carron as an Incentive for a Nationalist Art Economy

Having dealt with a rigid extreme right party, covering the country with a shock campaign of posters featuring white “good” Swiss sheep chasing black “bad” ones from the Swiss flag, regular political parties have learned to accept Swiss nationalism as normative. Massive effort is being put in strengthening the internal economy, and branding each political party, consumer item or artist with a stamp of national approval when conceived on Swiss soil. Carron copies old (Swiss) masters in polyester, but alters their original shape slightly. His most famous work copies Giacometti’s sculpture of a tall man walking, but ads a raised middle finger, reflecting both on the banality of man’s condition as well as the banality of his own art practice. Paradoxically, Giacometti’s work gained its true stature while residing in France and not in Switzerland. At what level is Carron’s work meant to re-appropriate figures such as Giacometti into the nationalist restyling of the Swiss art economy and history?

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei and Jonas Staal

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Pavilion

Organizer/Commissioner:
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetica
Artist:
Valentin Carron
Curator:
Giovanni Carmine
Open Call?
No
Selection procedure:
Jury selection of the artist

Curator

Name:
Giovanni Carmine
Gender:
Male
Born:
Switzerland, 1975
Lives and works in:
Switzerland
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
2

Artist

Name:
Valentin Carron
Gender:
Male
Born:
Switzerland, 1977
Lives and works in:
Switzerland
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Politics & Economics

State System:
Directorial federal republic
Population (World Bank, 2011):
7,912,398
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
$83,326
Unemployment (World Bank, 2011):
4.1% of the labor force
Net OECD ODA Aid Donated (2011):
$3,021,390,000
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
$4,829,000,000

Alliances


International Criminal Court recognized
OECD
WTO

Conflicts

Country independent since:
1848
Last Major Border Revision:
1815
International Court of Justice cases:
3
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
62
Nuclear Force?
No
Participation in Multinational Missons:
NATO missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo. EU mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.