CORINNE VIONET - SOUVENIR D'UN GLACIER
Souvenir d'un glacier is built from a collection of postcards of the Rhône glacier. These postcards depict the glacier over the course of almost one century. Taken from the same perspective, and shown in a sequence, the pictures show a gradual melting of the ice, while the images converge gradually toward a form of abstraction.
The fact that the photographs were taken by many people, over many years, is precisely the point. This is an accidental archive — providing new meaning through the artist’s intervention.
Corinne Vionnet is a Swiss artist based in Vevey, Switzerland. She is one of the first artists to have had interest in exploring and re-purposing Web-based imagery. Her artistic process includes extensive archival research, photographic image making, the appropriation of crowd-sourced material, and collage.
Her works led her to analyze the construction and maintenance of the social imagination and collective identity, as well as our behavior with images, with both the act of taking pictures as well as dealing with the content of this overflow of pictures.
Her works convey the ambiguous lure of the Internet, which seemingly promises freedom and the discovery of new worlds, yet, in reality, imprisons us all in an algorithm space, and makes us believe that we are unique. Today, she is heading towards investigations of our perceptions of reality, as well as the strength of the images, their power of persuasion, and the transformation and building of emblematic figures.