The 12th edition of artgenève was held at Palexpo from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 January 2024. After ten years of growth and consolidation, artgenève has succeeded in establishing a premium modern and contemporary art exhibition in the Lake Geneva region that draws in visitors from all over the world. Artgenève welcomes international galleries and also devotes considerable space to institutional and private collections, as well as independent curators, confident of the dynamism created by the interaction between galleries and institutions.
From granite to resin, from leather to glass, Valentin Carron pays homage with humour and casualness to sculptures from the past and images of the present. In his relatively recent series of works, the artist forms little characters alone or in pairs, in a repeated attempt to create a connection.
At a time of ‘divided families’, fathers have learned to take their children by the hand, and the new artworks seem to complete a forgotten section in the history of representations of the family. It is no surprise, that in the contemporary turbulent times common values are reflected through connection in the work of L'homme et L'Enfant.
Carron has developed an oeuvre which combines central traditions of contemporary art making, while questioning them in terms of their current meaning. In this way, he includes approaches to appropriation in his work as well as Pop Art traditions, the sociological search for clues and post-studio production.