Opening on the occasion of Week-end GENEVA.ART, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November, from 11 am to 6 pm, Rue des Bains 61, 1205 Geneva.
Photography, neon, text and video are the preferred media used by Marie José Burki. Using visual devices, her work focuses on creating constantly shifting relationships between static and moving images, which ceaselessly interrogate our perceptions of reality in a world saturated with images. Associated with close observation of the background of daily life, the confrontation of these media contributes to the realization of a ‘fixed’ temporality, and, by this very means, to an evocation of time as at once real and suspended, accurately reflecting its relationship to the world in which we live. The artist is drawn to images of waiting and idleness; the camera films languid bodies in the intimacy of a living room or a hotel room. Beyond an almost absent narrative, a description emerges which plays with pictorial and literary codes, questioning the relationship with the pose in the image, along with the concepts of duration, space and perception. The time filmed by Marie José Burki is not social time. Naked and stripped, the time which passes before our slowed gaze makes us reflect in a world saturated by the acceleration of time.
Marie José Burki (b. 1961, Bienne, Switzerland) lives and works between Paris and Brussels. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Pasquart, Bienne CH, 2017, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon PT, 2017, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Sète FR, 2007, MAC’S Grand Hornu BE, 2003, Camden Art Center London UK,, Kunsthalle Bâle (CH), Kunstverein Bonn (DE). Her work appeared in group exhibitions such as Shaping Light – curated by Albert Baronian, Fondation CAB Brussels BE 2018, The Women Behind Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem I, 2018, Private Choices, Centrale For Contemporary Art, Brussels BE, 2017, Rideaux/Blinds, Genève CH, 2015, Le Pont, Musée d’art contemporain Marseille FR, 2014, Néon: who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue?, La maison rouge, Paris FR, 2012, Documenta 9 DE).