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Natsuko Uchino is an interdisciplinary artist and Professor of Art at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design, Le Mans, living between Paris and the South of France. Born in Japan in 1983, she graduated from Cooper Union, New York in 2007 and from the CCA Kitakyushu research program in Japan in 2012. Uchino’s practice, defined by experiences in agriculture and crafts, relates art to ecology, food, and conviviality through the use of ceramics. Her work takes the form of installations, films, and performances combining the multiple materialities of sculpture, functional objects, and living matter. She has held solo exhibitions at Galerie Allen, Paris, France; Tonus, Paris, France; Last Resort Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; V8 Plattform für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy (1984, New York) lives and works in Paris. At the core of Lutz-Kinoy’s practice is an interest in performance. Influenced by histories of queer and collaborative practice as well as his background in theatre and choreography, his interdisciplinary work explores the interplay of narratives that are created and constructed between individuals and social spaces. Embracing the spirit of collaboration as a means to expand knowledge and skills, the breadth of techniques and references used across his practice are the result of many collaborative ventures. Where his ceramics are influenced by working with artists in the US, Europe, and Brazil, his large-scale backdrop paintings unearth his fascination with the refined, sophisticated, and carnal painting style of the 18th century. He is currently exhibiting ceramics in various venues including Taka Ishii Tokyo, Tristan Hoare London, and Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris. Recent solo shows include Grand Entrance, Mendes Wood DM, Villa Era, Biellese (2021); Window to the Clouds, Museum Frieder Burda | Salon Berlin, Berlin, (2021); Keramikos, Taka Ishii, Tokyo (2021); Hudson Bathers, Mendes Wood DM, New York, USA(2019); Sea Spray, Vleeshal, Middelburg (2018); The Meadow, Le Centre d’édition Contemporaine, Geneva (2018); Southern Garden of the Château Bellevue, Le Consortium, Dijon (2018). Recent group shows include Scaleable Skeletal Escalator, an exhibition with Isabel Lewis, Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, (2020); Geneva Sculpture Biennial, Geneva, (2020); Sharjah Biennial, with Isabel Lewis, Sharjah, (2019); Trans, Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA, Bordeaux, (2019); Eckhaus Latta: Possessed, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018); Welt ohne Außen. Immersive Spaces since the 1960s, Berliner Festspiele, Berlin (2018). His work can be found in the collections of the FRAC Aquitaine, S.M.A.K. Gent, the ADN Collection, Bolzano and the Syz Collection, Geneva.
CArPE est un collectif horizontal, basé à Renens, qui s’engage dans des processus qui associent une réflexion sur les rapports sociaux et la production de l’environnement bâti. Plutôt que la production d’œuvres individuelles, le collectif envisage l’architecture comme un processus collectif qui implique les personnes qui vont habiter et utiliser cette architecture, celles qui vont la construire et la transformer et celles qui vont y apporter les ressources nécessaires à sa réalisation. CArPE a mené de nombreuses formations sur chantier et a co-conçu et co-réalisé plusieurs bâtiments en terre et en paille en Suisse romande.