For the first edition of En Suite event, Xippas presents two films by Bertille Bak on the weekend of September 24-25

Bertille Bak La Brigada 2018 Courtesy Xippas

Opening Friday September 23, 6pm – 8pm
Saturday September 24, 11am – midnight
Sunday September 25, 10am – 3pm

Rooms 141 & 145
Alpha Palmiers Hotel
Rue du Petit-Chêne 34, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland

As part of the En Suite event, which brings together around twenty contemporary art galleries at the Alpha Palmiers Hotel in Lausanne during the Museums Night, Xippas gallery is pleased to present two videos by Bertille Bak entitled “Bleus de travail”, 2019 and “La Brigada”, 2018.

Born in 1983 in Arras, France, Bertille Bak lives and works in Paris. Dedicated to observing societies and to the accurate analysis of a site, Bethe artist delves into communities and the groups by examining their rituals, gestures, and objects, which she later uses in her projects. In collaboration with the individuals she meets, she constructs narratives between fiction and documentaries where poetry and utopias usurp the simple assessment of a situation. Whether it concerns her own community in the mining areas of Northern France or groups that are unfamiliar to her, she never chooses to distance herself or look on from afar. On the contrary, it is all about sharing a passage of life, a struggle, a resistance. Understanding the organization between individuals, listing their personal and collective histories, traditions and folklores, their hobbies and revolts is central to the work of Bertille Bak. No matter what the project, Bertille Bak develops a work focused on the collective with mankind at its heart. Her work believes in the possibility of inventing together different ways of approaching and appreciating reality.

In 2010 Bertille Bak was a Edward Steichen Prize laureate (Luxemburg) and in 2013 she was nominated for the Meurice Prize. In 2019, she was awarded the Mario Merz Prize, Art Section (Torino). During 2019-2020 she was artist in residency at Fondation Pinault, Lens (France).

Different institutions have organized solo exhibitions of her work : Merz Foundation in Torino (2022), la Criée, Rennes (2022), Le Cyclop de Jean Tinguely, Milly-la-Forêt (2019), FRAC PACA, Marseille, France (2017), Le Grand Cafe St-Nazaire, France (2014), le Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris (2012), le Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val de Marne à Ivry (2011). The CAPC Bordeaux will present the work Le Berceau du Chaos (2022) in a collective exhibition Barbe à papa in November 2022. In June 2023, the Louvre Lens will dedicate to Bertille Bak a major personal exhibition.

Her work is part of following collections : Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, FNAC-CNAP, FMAC in Paris, FRAC Rhône-Alpes, FRAC Aquitaine, FRAC Alsace, FRAC Basse Normandie, FRAC Limousin, Neuflize Collection, François Pinault Collection, Artis, the Centre Georges Pompidou, MNAM/CCI, the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création, among others.

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