No 54 Angélique StehliFrance/Switzerland (1993)
Grand Prix Images Vevey 2017/2018 — Mention Lumière Broncolor
In 1979 America, Dr Alexander G. Schauss discovered that the shade of pink P-618 (which he named “Baker-Miller Pink”) had a relaxing effect on some individuals after 15 minutes. Forty years later, Swiss psychologist Daniela Späth furthers this reflection by demonstrating the benefits of a shade of pink, dubbed “Cool Down Pink”, on the blood pressure of people with violent tendencies. Angélique Stehli documents the way in which some Swiss detention centres use this tone of pink, which is meant to reduce hostility. By aestheticizing violence in the prison world, this series, presented in the heart of Vevey’s former prison, addresses the viewers’ relationship to imprisonment.
In the context of this exhibition, an old cell was painted in pink on the third floor of the former prison.
Original scenography by Images Vevey in association with the artist