26 – André Kuenzy

Switzerland (1965)

Blueman on tour

L’Homme Bleu (Blueman) made his first appearance in Basel in 1999. Since then, it has been difficult for André Kuenzy, the artist hidden beneath the strange azure latex suit, to lay his second skin aside. For the past twenty years, he has travelled from his native canton of Neuchâtel to Japan, India, Mexico and Senegal, collecting acquaintances and stories along the way. This strange and silent globetrotting creature endeavours to reach out to passers-by without ever speaking to them. When confronting these anonymous people, his camera-eye always triggers (and photographs) a reaction, be it curiosity or fear. The character André Kuenzy plays is open to all fantasies, suspended out of time and norms, and draws all those who meet him into a fragile, poetic and surrealist moment of togetherness. The Blueman on tour immersive installation invites viewers to put themselves in Blueman’s shoes and discover 20 years of unparalleled discoveries.