16.02 – 01.05.2022
L’Appartement has given free rein to photographer Flurina Rothenberger.
Born in Switzerland and raised in Ivory Coast, she has devoted most of her career to taking photographs of the continent where she grew up. Her personal narrative and cooperative artistic practice demonstrate Africa’s multiple reality. She has taken over every room, while respecting their specific uses, to exhibit a series of projects in which collaboration is key.
Nice & Unfolded
A magazine can be a public space, a gallery, and an academy, all in one. NICE elicits this diverse potential unique to editorials. Flurina Rothenberger and Rahel Arnold gave the impetus for each of its three issues, bringing creatives together to combine their photography, journalism, visual design and social action as an editorial collective. This collaborative approach typifies Rothenberger’s entire artistic practice. Her photographs, taken in Ivory Coast and South Africa, form a visual essay. Monika Schori’s spatial intervention transforms our gaze, depending on where we position ourselves as viewers.
Pathé’Os is a large-scale editorial project tracing the history of fashion and the textile industry in West Africa through the biography of Pathé’O, an Ivorian Burkinabe fashion designer and couturier. The exhibition preludes a book to be published in 2022 by Edition Patrick Frey and presents the work of Flurina Rothenberger in dialogue with archival images by the Burkinabe photographer and journalist Ben Idriss Zoungrana.
Ivory Coast is a major world player in slam poetry. Under the guidance of Flurina Rothenberger and the Ivorian poet Bee Joe, CEPV photography students worked remotely in tandem with slammers in Abidjan to create visual poems. As they swapped words and images, their creative disciplines merged to hatch a series of raw rhythmic videos.
A BRIDGE IS NOT SOMETHING TO LOOK AT. YOU WALK ACROSS IT TO FEEL IT.
Four children aged between five and ten years old took on the role of curators to collectively choose a series of Flurina Rothenberger’s photographs taken throughout Africa. A display designed especially for children showcases their selection of fourteen images together with their explanations for their choices.