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Swiss Emerging Artist Prize

Societe Generale Private Banking Switzerland is committed to young Swiss contemporary artists with the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize, which aims to support and give visibility to local emerging talents.

This prize, created in 2018, rewards an artist aged 35 or younger who has developed a coherent and original artistic approach in one or more of the following fields: painting, photography, sculpture, installation, drawing and video.

The 15 eligible participants for the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize are proposed by independent curators (see the participants of the 2020 edition below). Coming from German-, French- and Italian-speaking Switzerland, they reflect the cultural diversity of the country and illustrate the reputation of Swiss art schools.

The 5 finalists of the 2020 edition were selected by a jury composed of Daniel Baumann, Andrea Bellini, Suzanne CotterAurélie Deplus and Fanni Fetzer.

Follow the progress of the 2020 prize on social media: @Societe Generale Private Banking.  

 

Discover the 5 finalists:

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Artists

Axelle Stiefel

Axelle Stiefel

Axelle Stiefel
Bernhard Hegglin

Bernhard Hegglin

Bernhard Hegglin
Emanuel Rossetti

Emanuel Rossetti

Emanuel Rossetti
Fragmentin

Fragmentin

Fragmentin
Jessy Razafimandimby

Jessy Razafimandimby

Jessy Razafimandimby
Lisa Lurati

Lisa Lurati

Lisa Lurati
Lorenza Longhi

Lorenza Longhi

Lorenza Longhi
Marie Matusz

Marie Matusz

Marie Matusz
Markus Aebersold & Chris Handberg

Markus Aebersold & Chris Handberg

Markus Aebersold & Chris Handberg
Mia Sanchez

Mia Sanchez

Mia Sanchez
Miriam Laura Leonardi

Miriam Laura Leonardi

Miriam Laura Leonardi
Mohamed Almusibli

Mohamed Almusibli

Mohamed Almusibli
Nelly Haliti

Nelly Haliti

Nelly Haliti
Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero

Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero

Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero
Axelle Stiefel

Axelle Stiefel

Born in New York, USA, 1988 (CH/FR/USA)
Lives and works in Lausanne and Basel

Axelle Stiefel obtained a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the Lausanne School of Art & Design (ECAL) in 2011 and a master’s from LUCA School of Art, Belgium, in 2015. She is a multidisciplinary artist using textile, installation, video, sound and performance. Her work is characterised by heterogeneous sources that cohabit in the exhibition space.

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Bernhard Hegglin

Bernhard Hegglin

Born in Zurich, 1989 (CH)
Lives and works in Zurich

Bernhard Hegglin obtained a bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the Bern University of Arts (BFH) in 2010 and a master’s from the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK) in 2013. Bernhard Hegglin explores the medium of drawing through a broad-ranging experimental approach. In his work authorship is purposely left undefined, further blurring the viewer’s relationship of the viewer to the object. He also regularly works in collaboration with other artists.

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Emanuel Rossetti

Emanuel Rossetti

Born in Basel, 1987 (CH)
Lives and works in Basel

Emanuel Rossetti obtained his bachelor’s degree in Photography from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK) in 2011. Until 2014, he ran the New Jerseyy art space in Basel. Emanuel Rossetti works in digital media, photography and installation. He explores notions of reality and representation through his exploration of objects, space and sensorial experience. He is currently a lecturer in Fine Arts for the master’s program at the Lausanne School of Art & Design (ECAL).

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Fragmentin

Fragmentin

Laura Perrenoud, born 1991, Lausanne (CH)
David Colombini, born 1989, Lausanne (CH)
Marc Dubois, born 1985, Basel (CH)

Fragmentin is an art collective founded in 2014 by three graduates of the Lausanne School of Art and Design (ECAL). They explore the impact of technology on contemporary society through an installation-based practice. Fragmentin is notably interested in systems of control, opacity of information, growing tension between technology and the environment.

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Jessy Razafimandimby

Jessy Razafimandimby

Born in Tananarive, Madagascar, 1995 (CH/MG)
Lives and works in Geneva

Jessy Razafimandimby received his Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the Geneva University of Art & Design (HEAD) in 2018. His multidisciplinary production encompasses painting, drawing, installation and performance. He integrates references from pop culture, including 1960s and 1970s French cinema, fashion and vintage lifestyle magazines. Jessy Razafimandimby draws upon baroque imagery traversed by organic forms in which chimeric figures appear, producing simultaneously “dystopian and utopian” hallucinations.

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Lisa Lurati

Lisa Lurati

Born in Lugano, 1989 (CH)
Lives and works in Basel and Lugano

Lisa Lurati studied at the Centre d’enseignement professionnel de Vevey (CEPV) between 2011 and 2015 and is currently completing a master’s at the Institut Kunst (FHNW) in Basel. In her work, Lisa Lurati uses photography as raw material, exploring early techniques including the cyanotype, from which the earliest recorded photographic book was made in 1843. She uses this early technique of botanic photogram impressions for large scale canvases she describes as fictional documentation of nature, combining found and invented elements.

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Lorenza Longhi

Lorenza Longhi

Born in Lecco, Italy, 1991 (IT)
Lives and works in Zurich

Lorenza Longhi obtained a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the Brera Academy Milan in 2014 and a master’s from the Lausanne School of Art & Design (ECAL) in 2018. Through her painting and installation practice, Lorenza Longhi explores the codes of our social environment.
She perverts the norms of consumer society by using found materials and handmade techniques to recreate the settings and advertisements that form our daily lives.

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Marie Matusz

Marie Matusz

Born in Toulouse, France, 1994 (FR)
Lives and works in Basel and Geneva

Marie Matusz obtained a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the Geneva University of Art & Design (HEAD) in 2016 and a master’s from the Basel Academy of Art & Design (FHNW) in 2018. She is an installation artist who works with sound and industrial materials. Marie Matusz is interested in consciousness, both individual and collective, in contemporary society. Her installations seek to explore systems of cognition in relation to our culture and the individual.

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Markus Aebersold & Chris Handberg

Markus Aebersold & Chris Handberg

Born in Herzogenbuchsee, 1988 (CH)
Born in Skive, Denmark, 1989 (DK)
Both live and work in Basel

Markus Aebersold and Chris Handberg met while studying for their bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at the Basel Academy of Art & Design (FHNW) from which they graduated in 2017. Their shared interest in technology, materials, sensorial phenomena and space led them to develop a dual artistic practice.

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Mia Sanchez

Mia Sanchez

Born in Sevilla, Spain, 1988 (ES)
Lives and works in Basel

Mia Sanchez obtained a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the Bern University of Arts (BFH) in 2015 and a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Basel Academy of Art and Design (FHNW) in 2019. Her universe is populated by figures, soft sculptures, videos and photography. Mia Sanchez explores notions of language and our relationship to the
world around us.

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Miriam Laura Leonardi

Miriam Laura Leonardi

Born in Lörrach, 1985 (CH/DE)
Lives and works in Zurich

Miriam Laura Leonardi studied Photography at the Gobelins, l’École de l’image in Paris and obtained her master’s in Fine Arts from the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK) in 2015. Miriam Laura Leonardi has a multidisciplinary practice, encompassing installation, sculpture, video and text. To interrogate language and symbols as constructs of meaning, she explores social codes through an often ironic, self-referential, feminist reading.

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Mohamed Almusibli

Mohamed Almusibli

Born in Sana’a, Yemen, 1990 (YE & CH)
Lives and works in Geneva

Mohamed Almusibli obtained his bachelor’s degree in Art & Media Theory from the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK) in 2018 and is currently undertaking a master’s at the Geneva University of Art & Design (HEAD). His work revolves around text and the spoken work to which he gives form in installations, performances, sound and video.
Mohamed Almusibli’s work addresses questions of authorship, perception and subjectivity in history and contemporary culture.

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Nelly Haliti

Nelly Haliti

Born in Martigny, 1987 (CH)
Lives and works in Geneva

Nelly Haliti obtained her master’s degree from the Geneva University of Art & Design (HEAD) in 2012 and has since participated in residencies at the Swiss Institute in Rome and the Fondation Suisse, Pavillon Le Corbusier in Paris. From the beginning, her practice has encompassed a wide range of medium and subject matter. Painting forms the conceptual and formal basis of her work, but she also works with 16mm video, installation, performance and photography. Her work evades a uniform visual identity, preferring what she describes as a “language in movement”.

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Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero

Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero

Born in Barakaldo, Spain, 1985 (CH/ES)
Lives and works in Lausanne

Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero obtained a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Mondragon in 2009, a Post-Grad in Product Design from ELISAVA Barcelona in 2010 and a master’s in Media Design from Geneva University of Art & Design (HEAD) in 2016. Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero describes herself as a hybrid between designer, artist and researcher. She is interested in humankind’s impact on the climate and environment. The artist creates interactive sculptures to give a voice to the natural world by highlighting its agency. She often combines elements of nature with technology to create ‘new media ecologies’, connecting between humans and their environment.

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Meet Hannah Weinberger, winner of the 2018 Swiss Emerging Artist Prize

Through the use of music and sound performance, Hannah Weinberger creates audio and visual atmospheres. By integrating these compositions into videos or sculptural elements, she creates unique environments. Furthermore, she invites the viewer to take part in immersive and participative experiences.

Elena Filipovic, Director of the Kunsthalle Basel and member of the jury, commented: “We were thrilled to be able to agree on the exceptional merit of Hannah Weinberger, an artist who has articulated a clear aesthetic vocabulary and a maturity beyond her years, for this first Societe Generale Private Banking Switzerland art prize.”