Silvie & Chérif Defraoui

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Carlatides II, 1986
installation view at Centre PasquArt, Bienne, March 2013
image © wfw

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Carlatides II (detail), 1986
installation view at Centre PasquArt, Bienne, March 2013
image © wfw

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Carlatides II (detail), 1986
installation view at Centre PasquArt, Bienne, March 2013
image © wfw

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Fragment am Horizont (detail), 1999
plexiglas, Lifochrome, wood console

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Fragment am Horizont, 1999
plexiglas, Lifochrome, wood console

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Bruits de Surface, 1995
video projection on glasses filled with milk

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selected works from the series Zeichen der Veränderung (signs of change), 2001/02
silver dye-bleach process, 167 x 129 cm

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Dans le cadre des histoires… le reflet, 1997
black/white and ilfochrome photographs, 6 parts in metal frames
each: 96 x 258 cm

Dans le cadre des histoires… des chemins des oliviers, 1999
black/white and ilfochrome photographs, 6 parts in metal frames
each: 115 x 305 cm

Dans le cadre des histoires… d’Alcantara, 1997
ilfochrome photographs, 4 parts in metal frames
each: 120 x 210 cm

 

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both: La nuit des Temps, 1999
1185, 190 x 118 cm & 1070, 190 x 107 cm
photograph, white wax

all images courtesy the artist

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SILVIE DEFRAOUI is both a Swiss pionner of videos/multimedia art and an incredibly productive artist. Basically what you see above represents 0.1% of her work she created from 1975 with her husband CHERIF until his death in 1994.

From the end of 1970, they created their first video projects after having experimented with slide projections and Super 8 videos. Quite quickly they became known for projecting found imagery or personal documents onto a lot of surfaces and objects. Since then, they never stopped working on projects that involve the perceptual, narrative, and poetic possibilities by using technological arrangements to physically render the slippery nature of an individual perception and memory.

SILVIE DEFRAOUI continues to work with the couple’s long-term project which they called Archive du Futur (Future Archives), an evolving archive that contains their entire artistic output.

Good news: the work of SILVIE and CHERIF DEFRAOUI is currently part of the exhibition Artist’s Artist at Centre PasquArt in Bienne/Biel, Switzerland until April 7, 2013

 

 



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