Vanessa Safavi

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Vanessa Safavi (*1980) lives and works between Berlin and Fribourg. The film Velvetproduced in 2018-19 with a soundtrack by Ariel Garcia is presented for the first time to the public. Velvet offers an immersion in a small Indian company specialized in the manufacture of latex gloves. Physical and symbolic bodies meet in the industry space, questioning with poetry the identity of the contemporary body and its allegiance to technological optimization.

Velvet is co-produced by Friart Kunsthalle and Etat de Fribourg.

Vanessa Safavi exhibited at Friart in 2007, in the exhibition Anathema with Fabian Marti and Lauris Paulus. She recently showed her work in the solo exhibitions The Approach, London (CONDO with The Breeder) in 2019, Turns and Returned, The Breeder, Athens (2018), The Cook and the Smoke Detector, Chert-Lüdde, Berlin (2017), Medulla Plaza, Kunstverein Grafschaft, Bentheim (2016) or Cloud Metal Cities, Kunsthalle Sao Paulo (2014), Οne Torino, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2013), After the Monument Comes the People, Kunsthalle Basel (2012),  Les Figures Autonomes, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2011), RESORTS, Kunsthaus Glarus (2011). She was in invited in group exhibitions such as Objects Like Us, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, USA (2018), And as things fall apart, nobody paid much attention, MONITOR, Lisbon (2018), Macaroni, WallRiss, Fribourg (2016), Inflected Objects # 2 Circulation – Mise en Séance, Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem, Netherlands (2016), The transparent tortoiseshell and the un-ripe umbrella, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2016), A Month of Sundays, Taylor Macklin, Zürich (2016).