An off-topic Geneva series

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It’s been a crazy week. Preparing for an exhibition is never easy and preparing for it and at the same time managing its “marketing” aspects (flyers, posters and what not) is incredibly stressful. I am saying nothing new here I am sure.

And whenever you are involved in such a preparation, so many things go wrong and so many things that you told yourself should never be done at the last minute, end up being done at the very last minute. I am not so sure whether these problems could entirely be avoided, but oh well, I promise myself to learn and improve each time around.

So, tomorrow, Monday, the flyer campaign will start (try to picture me transporting 3000 flyers to the agency), the last minute things will be dealt with, I will check on the status of my prints with the lab and I will hopefully be fully satisfied.

In all this, I am trying to have a relaxing weekend but I somehow ended up writing this blog post and scanning some more photos, completely unrelated to the project.

As you know, the project led me to travel to different countries, one of them being Switzerland, Geneva to be exact.
It was weird to be back to the city, to a place that has offered me so much, yet made me a more cynical person that I was when I first arrived.
On the way to the airport, after the shooting and after I had said goodbye to my dearest friend B., I said my very personal “à bientôt” to Geneva.
I do take my work seriously, but I try to limit the extent to which I do, simply because all the ideas that go into a picture, into the act of facing the subject and releasing the shutter, are sometimes extremely simple. In this case, I was trying not to think about how much I will miss B., my mixed feelings towards the city of Geneva (I miss it, yet, don’t crave for it) and I was trying to mask and tame my anxiety for the next shooting and the project coming to the end.
Arriving in Geneva for the shooting has been much like coming home but to a home that is distant and faded. I felt grounded and comfortable when dining with my friends, even when there is so much to be said, so many issues to be faced, one of them being that we have all changed to become people who are not as naturally bound to get along as before. Yet, call it my simple desire to have some sort of social exchanges, I missed them.
In the end, the honest thing to be said here is that I miss my university years, despite the stress and the lack of time, despite the drama. It’s not a very interesting take on my trip to Geneva, but it is what it is.

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Berlin: Go to exhibition’s archive

March 5th to 26th, ACUD Galerie, Veteranenstraße 21 (see ACUD press release). Tuesday to Sunday, 2 to 8 pm.
The exhibition in Berlin is over – thanks to everybody for coming!

Hamburg: Go to exhibition’s archive

April, University of Hamburg – April 16th to 30th, University of Hamburg, Foyer des Unigebäudes VMP8, Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft Von-Melle-Park 8. Mondays to Fridays from 7 am to 9.30 pm and on Saturdays from 7 am to 4 pm. The building is closed on Sundays. See the exhbition post and the CampusGrün announcement for more information. The exhibition in Hamburg is over – thanks to everybody for coming!

Naples: Go to exhibition’s archive

May 10th to 31st, Archeologiattiva, via Duomo 228, Napoli.
Mondays to Saturdays, from 10 am to 20 pm.
Vernissage on the 10th of May with readings on the topic of internships by Raffaella R. Ferré, author of “Santa Precaria”. More about the exhibition.
The exhibition in Naples is over – thanks to everybody for coming!

Geneva: Go to exhibition’s archive

June 12th to 18th, University of Geneva, Uni Mail Bd du Pont-d’Arve 40, 1205 Genève; Horaires: lundi au vendredi : 7h30 – 23h; samedi : 7h30 – 17h30; dimanche : fermé. The exhibition is over! Thank you all for coming.

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  1. […] magenta and yellow on the enlarger to match the look I had in mind. This photograph is part of my small Geneva series, composed mainly of double exposures that I took on my bus ride to the airport.Now the thing I […]

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