Discovering the various fields and movements of contemporary art by developing one’s own artistic expression. Such is the opportunity offered by this Bachelor programme to young, passionate artists wishing to perfect their technique, experiment with discourse and consolidate a critical stance. Students benefit from practical and theoretical supervision provided by major actors of the contemporary art scene.
Thanks to state-of-the-art infrastructure, workshops with acknowledged artists and courses provided by experienced practitioners, the students gradually become seasoned in numerous techniques (etching, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, sound, screen printing, lithography) and means of expression (performance, video, installation, new media or exhibition design). Theory also plays a major role, supported by studio visits and exhibitions as well as a host of multidisciplinary lectures within ECAL.
From pure artistic practice to exhibition curatorship, via writing, teaching or research, the range of opportunities is all the wider by creating an exceptional portfolio. This programme is also a gateway to the Master Fine Arts at ECAL or in another institution.
Bachelor of Arts HES-SO in Visual Arts
by Roxane Christinet, Salomé Engel, Maria Esteves, Assadour Matthey, Léonard Vazquez Vila, Flavio Visalli
by Fanny Dunning, Clément Grimm, Laura Hagmann, Mathilde Hansen, Noemi Leneman, Nolan Lucidi, Lou-Anna Ulloa del Rio, Florentina Walser, Ysé Willemin
by Charlie Jannes, Anna Kawahara, Romane Roy
by Caroline Bischoff, Louis Fontaine, Giada Gollin, Olivia Handschin, Amina Loumachi, Clara Luna, Axel Mattart, Achille Meier, Charlie Schär, Jamie Soria, Nayla Younes, Mayalène de Roquemaurel
by Charlie Jannes, Romain Rochat, Céleste Meylan, Baptiste Schaerer, Romane Roy, Mariana Isler, Noemi Leneman, Anna Kawahara, Tom Grbic, Julie Wuhrmann
Nostalagia Is a Different Kind of Pain(t) ECAL x Cheryl Donegan On the occasion of artgenève from 3 to 6 March at Palexpo, ECAL presents projects by Bachelor Fine Arts students produced during a workshop with American artist Cheryl Donegan Initiated in the context of a collaboration with the Art & Vie Foundation, whose mission revolves around textiles, this workshop aimed at crossing everyday objects, subverting craft processes and reproductive gestures. Produced by students from the first to the third year, the selection of works presented reflects the transdisciplinary approach of the programme, where tapestry meets painting in dialogue with more performative pieces or digitally printed and cut aluminium sculptures. Students Patricia Araujo Roxanne Christinet Alexis Colin Oriane Emery Salomé Engel Maria Esteves Albertine Grbic Clément Grimm Laura Hagmann Mathilde Hansen Mariana Isler Charlie Jannes Anna Kawahara Nolan Lucidi Ella Minton Romane Roy Lou-Anna Ulloa del Rio Flavio Visalli Florentina Walser Opening hours Thursday 3 March: 12 - 7pm Friday 4 March: 12 - 8pm Saturday 5 March: 12 - 8pm Sunday 6 March: 12 - 7pm Palexpo Rte François-Peyrot 30 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex https://palexpo.ch/
with John M. Armleder
with Gabriele Garavaglia
by Ali Chatila
My graduation project consists of four 90 x 200 cm wooden boards – in total, eight sides on which I have been painting for over two years. I paint mainly for the pleasure of painting and like to focus on the present moment. At the end of my studies, I will continue working on these four boards. They are therefore not finished and may never be. The title of the work announces the temporary interruption. I do not have any particular technique; I just paint with what I find. My four boards were salvaged from a dumpster and most of the material I use was destined to be thrown away. For my installation, my paintings are fixed on the wall, revealing only the four sides.
by Yann Fankhauser
This project is a print on a PVC tarpaulin (2500 mm x 1200 mm) of 18 silhouettes in boxes forming a black and white checkerboard. The development of the project was done from hand-made sketches, then digitised with Illustrator and arranged in a checkerboard. These sketches of silhouettes were made through various processes: 1) the modification of an initial silhouette to create a new one, 2) the juxtaposition of several silhouettes with each other, and 3) by illustrating a new angle of a silhouette already created. The concept revisits the idea of a motor-racing finish flag, transforming it into an endless journey, playing on the boundary between the figurative and the abstract in the image of pareidolia.
by Clément Grimm
No sinister prop adds banal meaning. No melodramatic detail usurps an easy role. All the painter had to do was interpret the figures’ energy, expression, attitudes and gestures in his sober, masterly style.
by Tianchang Gu
The title of my graduation work comes from the video game of the same name and is the sequel to my thesis “Renens Palace”, an autofiction based on a dystopian future. In this fiction, the “self”, a former immigrant in Europe, becomes an immigration officer. How can writing be transformed into performance? The observed becomes the observer. The formerly oppressed blends into the system and becomes a person of authority. Bureaucratic gestures turn into choreography. Official documents become poems. Administrative motifs and symbols of power turn into visual aesthetics. These are the questions I contemplate during this creative process. All these strangely romanticised and anxiety-inducing elements evoke a reality we don’t always want to confront.
by Laura Hagmann
I had a flashback of something that never existed.
by Mathilde Hansen
Could you take a picture of me like this? Where I’m standing, here From the other side? Is it better like this? Do I look cool? More serious or smiling? More serious, ok Great.
by Mariana Isler
Real, fluid and elusive love reveals itself in the fabric of the city, circulating in the invisible vein of beings. Installation, honeycombed polycarbonate panels, acrylic paint.
by Noemi Leneman
Lolita is a filmed ballet opera starring a dancer named Lolita. In order to bend to the gaze, desire and projections of her chosen one, she tries out several roles. First, she is a ballerina, trapped in a music box; then a shepherdess, an ambiguous figure who goes from admiration for to power over, and submission to her lambs; and finally, an opera singer who gradually transforms into a wolf. This video disrupts and plays with the aesthetic codes of traditional stage representations. Eva Galmel has been teaching me to dance on pointe. Around this project, a group of young artists from my entourage formed, collaborating for several months, trying to achieve a female gaze. Choreographers: Philomène Jander and Eva Galmel Scenography: Salomé Engel Costumes: Adèle Berson and Roxane Sauvage
by Nolan Lucidi
I will try harder. I will try harder. I will try harder. I will try harder. I will try harder. I will try harder. I will try harder. I will try harder. I will try harder.
by Axel Mattart
It won’t even blink. Mostly because it can’t. YOU are on its last optical nerve!
by Lylou Müller
This work summons reflection on concepts of security, isolation and protection. The veil, which is woven in the manner of chainmail armour, invites us to reconsider the space of the bedroom, of intimacy, in a context of violence.
by Fanny Dunning
thinking of sculptures in a big garden, on acres of land popping up like hills but hills with crowns of horns here function follows form. it has built this as a sculpture. then installed its mirrors. thinking of sculptures in a big garden people inviting artists to come and stay
No Sound: Sound Reflection
To Be Titled
Visual artist, Art critic, Curator, Art director, Teacher, Cultural mediator, Performer, Stage manager, Exhibition designer, Video artist…
Valentin Carron, Claudia Comte, Sylvain Croci-Torti, Stéphane Dafflon, Philippe Decrauzat, Natacha Donzé, Cyprien Gaillard, Frédéric Gabioud, David Hominal, Gilles Furtwängler, Mélodie Mousset, Simon Paccaud, Gina Proenza, Jeanne-Salomé Rochat, Denis Savary, Baker Wardlaw, Shirin Yousefi…
Romane De Watewille
Dimitri De Preux
Miriam Laura Leonardi
John M Armleder