Alex Hanimann

Alex Hanimann was born in 1955 in Switzerland. He lives and works in St. Gallen and Zurich.

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Alex Hanimann was born in 1955 in Switzerland where he lives and works. His work integrates both image and language through drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures. His work sets up a serial process of reproduction and repetition, integrating different formal or syntactic variations, which question the wanderings between a form of reality, its statement and/or its representation.

His work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions and is part of many international collections including the MAMCO in Geneva, the Deutsche Bank Collection, the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art...

His work was recently the subject of an important monographic exhibition entitled "Same but Different" at the FRAC Grand Large - Haut de France curated by Keren Detton.

We have selected a set of collages that the artist has drawn freehand or with the help of guiding utensils, on which alliterations, anaphoras or psittacisms of language appear. Written in German, French or English, these texts play with both visual and semantic compositions, some of which are reminiscent of a form of concrete poetry. But what should we do with language if it exhausts meaning, Hanimann seems to tell us.

Whether typed, printed or drawn, these proposals function as a set of lists, which the artist then mounts on different papers, successively superimposing different layers and accentuating the complex character of the proposal. Different subjects are evoked, such as love, disappearance and, more generally, coercion...

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