Program 2016

Christian Patterson

USA (1972)

Gong Co.


Grand Prix Images Vevey 2015/2016

The Gong Co. installation recreates a now closed-down family grocery store in Mississippi, from which Christian Patterson retrieved part of the furniture and kept and photographed many products. When the American artist discovered the shop some years ago, he saw the place as a museum suspended in time. He then remembered Andy Warhol’s prophetic quote: ‘All department stores will become museums and all museums will become department stores.’ His work questions consumerism, immigration and social change in capitalist societies. In Patterson’s immersive installation, photography is no longer a simple representation of reality: it becomes a component in a narrative that confronts the emotional power of images with the formal language of objects.

A production by Festival Images Vevey

Meet Christian Patterson on 10 September