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Watchlist Artist: Vanessa Billy

Sommer & Kohl are happy to present the first solo exhibition of new works by Swiss artist Vanessa Billy (*1978 in Geneva, Switzerland).

The exhibition Dear energy can be understood as a homage to energy, how we can get it through the transformation of matter, whether it be food, gas, petrol or water, all of which are constantly available to us. In every household there are countless appliances that need electricity to function. The energy consumption when sending an email amounts to the same as when sending a letter by post. The fact is that sending pixels to transfer data uses an incredible amount of electricity, which one can notice by how often computers, mobile tablets or telephones need to be charged.

In the media the way energy is talked about seems to be tainted with worry and fear: the need for it, shortages, the rising prices, the environmental damages that are caused. All these facts prove how dependable we are on this resource. On the other hand there is the energy we individually generate, and this is considered something positive.

(text source: Sommer & Kohl)

More on Vanessa Billy (b. 1978, Geneva, Switzerland)

Vanessa Billy has had solo exhibitions at Piano Nobile, Genf (CH); unosolo project room, Mailand (IT); Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz (CH); Project Space, The Photographer's Gallery, London (UK) as well as in numerous group exhibitions, such as in La jeunesse est un Art, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (CH), Art and the City, Zürich (CH); Keep floors and passages clear, White Columns, New York (US); Royal College of Art, London (UK); GAM Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin (IT). On 15 November 2013 her solo exhibition opens at BolteLang, Zürich (CH) in 2014 at Limoncello, London (UK).

(text source: Sommer & Kohl)

Education: BA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London, (UK), 2001. Exchange semester at The Cooper Union School, New York, (US), 2000. Foundation Course, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, (UK), 1998.


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(All Images: Vanessa Billy, Dear energy , installation view, 2013; Courtesy Sommer & Kohl, Berlin)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/11/13

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